Make a Log Cabin Gingerbread House

Use classic gingerbread dough to craft up a rustic log cabin gingerbread house to serve as the centerpiece for a holiday dessert table or mantelscape.

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Gingerbread House Construction

1. Warm candy melts in a heatproof bowl in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Stir well until mixture is melted smooth and no lumps remain.
2. Gather the gingerbread pieces (Image 1). Coat the short sides of a front/back piece with candy melts using a spoon (Image 2). Attach a side piece on either side, butting the short ends against the candy-coated short ends of the front piece. Hold the pieces in place for 2-3 minutes, or use a tall tumbler as a prop (Image 3).
3. Coat the remaining front/back pieces and short ends with candy melt and position between the side pieces on the open end. Let stand until set (Image 4).

4. Coat the under edges of the roof pieces with the melted candy (Image 1) (reheat in the microwave if candy sets) then place them, angled, on top. Hold until set, about 2-3 minutes (Image 2).
5. Roll out chocolate between two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper. Cut into 1x2-inch pieces (Image 3). Serrate each piece with a toothpick or the back of a knife (Image 4). Attach the pieces to the roof beginning at the bottom edge and working upward (Image 5). If the pieces don't adhere naturally, use a dab of water on the underside of the shingle before attaching it. Repeat process on the roof piece.

6. Measure pretzel rods against the front of the house and cut to size with a sharp knife (Image 1). Cover front piece with royal icing using an offset spatula. Press cut pretzels into the royal icing (Image 2). Repeat process on sides and back of the house.
7. Adhere two long pretzel rods on the edge of the roof at one front end of the house using royal icing (Image 3). Cut long strips of chocolate fondant in matching lengths and striate with a toothpick or the back of a knife (Image 4). Adhere pieces with dabs of royal icing just underneath the pretzel pieces (Image 5). Use the back of a knife to make lines in the fondant mimicking planks/boards.

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