Make a Cape Cod Gingerbread House

This charming blue Cape Cod-inspired gingerbread house is sure to delight holiday party guests. Plus, it's easy to construct with royal icing and chocolate fondant.

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8. Cut a 2 1/2 x 1 1/4-inch piece of red fondant that has been rolled to 1/4-inch thickness, and serrate with a toothpick or the back of a knife. This will be the front door. Press a dragee into the piece to one side for a "doorknob" (Image 1). Adhere the door onto a long side of the house using a dab of royal icing (Image 2).
9. Cut a 1 1/4-inch-diameter circle of chocolate fondant rolled to 1/4-inch thickness using a large end of a piping tip or a bottle cap. Cut in half and press lines radiating from the center with the back of a knife (Image 3). Place piece on top of the door adhering with royal icing (Image 4).

10. Cut a small arched window, about 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches from a piece of chocolate fondant rolled to 1/4-inch thickness. Create crisscross windowpane impressions with the back of a knife (Image 1). Adhere piece to the right of the door using royal icing.
11. Cut a 3-inch round piece of chocolate fondant, and then cut out a 1 1/2-inch circle from the center using the large end of a piping tip or a bottle cap (Image 2). Lightly coat the circle with water and sprinkle over green sanding sugar (Image 3). Press confetti sprinkles into the wreath for decoration, if desired (Image 4). Let set until partially dry. Adhere wreath to the left of the door using royal icing.

You're Finished!

12. Allow house to dry completely overnight. When house is set, transfer to a cake plate or serving board and sprinkle over powdered sugar "snow."

Notes: Chocolate fondant can be found at most craft stores and cake supply shops. If you can't find chocolate fondant, Tootsie Roll candies can be substituted. Knead 5-6 together at one time and roll flat. Cut as desired.

In this recipe, quick-setting candy melts are used as the mortar. It cuts drying time drastically, but royal icing can be used instead.

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