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Rustic Retreat Gingerbread House


Experience all the charm and excitement of an Old World Christmas with this quaint take on our Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kit. This wonderful centerpiece is made with ice cream sugar cone trees, pretzel stick shutters and pretzel rod accents.
Makes: 1 gingerbread house.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

Make 5 trees. For largest tree, stack 3 sugar cones, for medium tree, stack 2 sugar cones; for smallest trees use single cones. Cover all cones with Tip 18 pull-out stars. Let dry. When dry, fill cones with icing and insert pretzel rods.

Step 2

Cover Styrofoam with Fanci-Foil Wrap. Assemble house according to package directions and attach to Styrofoam® base with royal icing.

Attach overlapping miniature wheat cereal pieces with royal icing for roof shingles beginning at eaves and working to peak (make sure frosted side of cereal faces upward).

Attach 4 caramels with royal icing for chimney.

Step 3

Ice windows smooth with spatula and yellow icing; outline windows with Tip 2.

Attach pretzel rods to eaves and around entire house with royal icing. Pipe-in mortar between pretzel rods with Tip 2.

Attach thin pretzels for shutters and door. Edge door with Tip 6 beads. Attach 1/2 pretzel rod over door and 2 upright rods about 1 1/2 in. from door. Attach thin pretzels over rods to create awning.

Add Tip 5 icicles and snow on house.

Step 4

Attach cut spearmint leaves around base for shrubs; cover tops with Tip 2 snow. Pipe Tip 352 pull-out leaf wreath with Tip 2 dot holly above doorway; repeat for window sill.

Step 5

Ice base of house fluffy with spatula; position trees into base. Add path with crushed cookies. Attach ribbon around base. Sprinkle confectioners' sugar on house and trees.

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Kelly Green Icing Color

Kelly Green Icing Color

Red-Red Icing Color

Red-Red Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Crushed Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Crushed Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Jelly Spearmint Leaf Candies

16 Jelly Spearmint Leaf Candies

Frosted Wheat Miniature Cereal

Frosted Wheat Miniature Cereal

Pretzel rods

3 bags Pretzel rods

Pretzel Sticks

1 bag Pretzel Sticks

Sugar cones

8 Sugar cones

caramels

4 caramels

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Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

12 x 12 in. x 2 in. Styrofoam

12 x 12 in. x 2 in. Styrofoam

Ribbon

Ribbon (need 48 x 1 1/2 in.)

Knife

Knife

Grow a forest of Christmas Trees using ice cream cones as your base. Cut the cone to any size?just dampen to where the base will be and use a scissors or a small paring knife to cut around the cone.

A variety of leaves will help give your cakes a more realistic garden feel. Add piping gel to your icing to help keep your leaves from breaking.

Icicles capture the magical moment of snow falling and gracefully trailing down a winter cottage. Add this magical look effect to roof edges, windowsills and trees.

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

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