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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8. Cut a 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 piece of chocolate 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 to the pretzel facade using a dab of royal icing (Image 2).
9. Cut a 2x2-inch square of chocolate fondant and adhere it just below the peak of the roof using royal icing (Image 3). Serrate with a knife and divide into two doors with a deep indentation (Image 4). Press dragees into the fondant on either door panel as "doorknobs."

10. 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 1). Lightly coat the circle with water and sprinkle over green sanding sugar (Image 2). Let set until partially dry. Adhere wreath just above the front door using royal icing. Press in confetti sprinkles onto wreath (Image 3).

11. 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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