What could be better than a decorated gingerbread house? How about a house with a removable roof and covers a house full of gingerbread cookies.
It?s a win-win holiday favorite. Make ahead and have around all season long.
Prepare gingerbread dough and roll out 1/8 in. thick. For house front and back, cut 2 cookies with Comfort-Grip cutter. Trim off chimney. Cut 2 side walls, each 2 x 2 1/2 in. high and 2 roof panels, each 3 1/2 x 2 7/8 in. high. Bake and cool all pieces. If pieces expand during baking, measure when cool and trim to original size using serrated knife. Cut approximately 18-24 gingerbread boys using cutter from set; bake and cool.
Assemble and decorate house. On foil-wrapped cake circle, using tip 4, attach front, back and side panels with icing; let set. To support roof, cut a 2 x 3 1/2 in. long piece of cake board and bend in half. Attach roof panels, centered on each half of support, with icing. Position roof on assembled house. Pipe tip 4 seam on top peak; let set. Remove roof from house and let dry, standing on a side edge.
Mark a 1 x 2 1/4 in. door; outline door and fill in with tip 3 zigzags (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Attach confetti sprinkles from Flowerful Medley assortment on door frame and for doorknob with tip 2 dots of icing.
For windows, roll out spice drops on surface sprinkled with sugar; cut a 1/2 in. square for door window. Cut 1 x 1/2 in rectangle for front window and 1 in. squares for side and back windows. Attach with tip 3. Outline window frames and panes with tip 3; pipe tip 2 icicles. Attach striped candy awnings and jelly rope windowsills, cut to fit, with tip 4. Pipe tip 3 scrolls above front window; attach confetti in center.
Using tip 3, attach pinwheel candy above door and spice drop half in center; cut curve off candy canes and attach candy sticks on house corners. Position roof on house (do not attach); ice smooth and cover with jumbo confetti, overlapping from bottom to top. Pipe tip 3 zigzags on peak and position spice drops. Pipe tip 4 icicles on eaves. Attach green spice drops around house for bushes; trim bases as needed for desired height. Ice cake circle fluffy. Position striped candy for front step; let dry.
Decorate gingerbread boys with tip 1 facial features and tip 2 clothing; let dry. Fill house with boys.