What a great place to relax for the holidays! Make Santa's little getaway with our Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kit, Christmas tree cookie evergreen and a sweet sleigh made from Red Foil Petite Loaf Cups.
Assemble house on base according to package directions. Let set.
Make candy in advance. Use Gift Truffle Mold and "painting" method to make 12 candy gifts (6 with green ribbons, 6 with red ribbons). Refrigerate until firm, unmold.
Use Christmas Truffles Candy Mold and "painting" method to make 4 candy cane truffles and 4 holly berries truffles (fill molds only 1/2 full). Refrigerate until firm; unmold.
To make candy trees, place each size cutter on cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Fill cutters 1/4 in. deep with melted candy. Tap cookie sheet to level candy and freeze until set. Unmold.
Use melted white candy in cut parchment bag to pipe zigzag trim on trees. Attach tree to Candy Melts wafer base with melted candy. Attach candy cane "runners" to bottom of foil loaf cups with melted candy. Set aside.
Trim corners of house with Tip 16 zigzags; attach candy cane sticks. Ice door area smooth with spatula and outline with Tip 16. Attach truffle windows with icing and trim with Tip 16 zigzags. Pipe Tip 16 zigzag garland underneath roof eaves; trim with cinnamon drops. Attach starlight mint for wreath above door and trim with Tip 349 pull-out leaves and Tip 2 dots. Ice roof fluffy with spatula and attach mints to roof peak.
Add Tip 16 zigzag trim on eaves. Pipe Tip 2 name and doorknob on front door. Ice base and walkway smooth; line walkway with mints and pipe Tip 16 pullout stars on top. Pipe Tip 16 icicles on house. Sprinkle sparkles on house. Position trees and sleigh. Add candy to sleigh.
Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.
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I love gingerbread houses. One year we used an ice cream cone upside down and covered with green frosting star tip topped with different color candy which looked like lights on a christmas tree. My children loved it!