You’ve heard of making a gingerbread house before, but have you ever tried making a pretzel house? I have always loved decorating gingerbread houses during the holidays, and have fond memories of the elaborate creations my grandmother and I built when I was a girl! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, it seems, as my little guy asked/told me this is something we needed to do this year! As much as I love baking, a full-blown gingerbread house is a lot of work, and I would have probably lost his attention before the pieces were even out of the oven. I mulled it over for a bit and decided to try a less traditional approach, so we set out to create this fun log cabin-style pretzel house! After all, who doesn’t love a dipped pretzel at Christmas time!?
For this recipe, you will need:
Large pretzel rods or twists
White almond bark
Green food coloring
4 regular pretzels
Peppermint candy or other decorating candy of your choosing
Melt half a package of almond bark in the microwave at half power in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between, until melted.
Decide how tall you want your cabin to be (mine is 5 rods tall). Lay out some wax paper and spread your melted bark onto one side of a pretzel rod (like mortar) and push the rods together until you have a wall! Repeat this four times and allow your walls to dry on the wax paper. Next, make the roof pieces (mine are 4 high) and allow them to dry, too! Don’t forget to cut down a few rods and mortar them together to form a door.
Pour some melted bark onto the center of your plate to form a foundation. Before your foundation dries, set your walls (an extra hand is very helpful at this point)!
Hold the walls in place until the foundation sets. Once your walls are set, spread a little melted bark on the top beam on one side, then set one side of the roof on. Allow your “mortar” to dry, then repeat the process on the other side! Use some melted bark to stick the door to the front of your cabin!
Now you can decorate your cabin however you please! I will share what my son and I did! First, we dyed some coconut with green food coloring.
After this, we dipped four regular pretzels in melted bark and covered them with green coconut and M&M’s Minis for light-covered bushes! Next, we placed M&M’s Minis around the roof and door for lights. We put a round peppermint candy on the front for a window and sprinkled white coconut on the roof and around the plate for snow! As soon as we were all finished, my son’s first question was, “When we can we eat it?” LOL
I would love to see what you come up with for decorating your pretzel house, so please tag Celebrating With The Bug in your social media photos! I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
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