Make a Victorian Gingerbread House

An elegant Victorian-inspired gingerbread house decked out in yellow makes for a cheerful holiday display.

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12. Use the same cookie cutter to cut out scalloped edging from the white fondant rolled to 1/4-inch thickness (Image 1). Attach the pieces using royal icing as glue (Image 2).
13. Roll the green fondant to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out a small rectangle, about 1 inch by 1/2 inch. Cut a small ellipse from the center of the rectangle (Image 3). Place the rectangle on a scrap piece of white fondant rolled to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut to size and roll flat with a rolling pin (Image 4). Press on a dragee "doorknob." Attach the door to the house using royal icing (Image 5).

14. Use scrap chocolate fondant rolled to 1/4-inch thickness to cut out small 1/2 x 1/2-inch windows. Attach to the house using royal icing. Cut two 1-inch circles using a fondant cutter or bottle cap. Place them under the each small roof peak (Image 1).

15. Allow house to dry completely overnight. Gently transfer to a serving platter or cake plate. Dust with 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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