These gingerbread houses are so charming, you'll want them to last all season long.
Sweet details such as piped icicles, boughs of greenery, and a cinnamon-stick woodpile lend realistic charm to a Swedish-style gingerbread cottage. A light dusting of confectioners' sugar mimics freshly fallen snow.
The cottages on the next few slides are so much fun to make, you may find yourself building a neighborhood. Putting the graham-cracker houses together takes no time, so you can make a few before a holiday party or a playdate, and then let kids adorn them.
For features such as green gumdrop hedges or a blue jelly bean path, buy sweets in bulk at a candy shop or online. Cover the ground with a blanket of snowy shredded coconut for a wondrous display you can enjoy all season.
The owner of this winsome house has had a busy day, whizzing around on his graham-cracker-and-mini-candy-cane sled and building a peppermint-ball snowman. To make your own little guy, slice off the top and bottom of a white gumdrop, and press it onto a soft swirl candy; use a piece of red gumdrop for a hat and two nonpareils for eyes. The cottage, which is studded with cinnamon candies, has a sour-belt roof, a heart-shape candy-cane window, and a graham cracker door.
Letters destined for the North Pole are hidden inside a mailbox created with a swirl candy, a piece of a candy cane, and a gumdrop; the flag is cut from a stick of gum.
Construct a basic cottage, and add details such as a wafer-candy roof and icicles made of royal icing. The wreaths are gummy rings with chewing-gum ribbons cut with scissors. The landscaping includes striped-gum paths, gumdrop shrubs, and a lollipop topiary. The snow is a mix of shredded and desiccated coconut.
In this quaint town, the houses feature roofs tiled with yellow and blue candy-coated chocolates and green mint lentils. Windows are made with pillow mints, nonpareils, and wafers; bits of chewing gum are used for shutters and doors, which are dotted with tiny mint knobs. Jelly beans form the pebble paths.
Streetlights -- striped candy sticks poked into gumdrops and topped with a mini gumdrop or candy-coated chocolate -- ensure Santa Claus will find his way to this hamlet. Arrange the cottages on a "snowy" tray for a cheerful window display or holiday centerpiece.
A bright gummy bird and chubby marshmallow snowman greet visitors to this thatched cottage. To create the look of freshly fallen snow, we used frosted-wheat cereal for the roof, yogurt-covered pretzels for the fence, and nougat candy for the walkway. The double doors are graham cracker sticks with knobs made from mini candy-coated chocolates. The nose of the snowman is a cone cut from an orange spice drop and gently rolled; his hat is a piece of black gumdrop, and his eyes are sprinkles pressed into pinpricked holes. Assemble his feathered friend with a gummy fruit slice, a spice drop, a mini candy-coated chocolate, and sprinkles.
Nestled in a sugar-cone forest, this cozy coffee-and-cream-colored abode has almond slices for roof shingles and a roasted pumpkin seed in its shell for an attic window. There's a fire burning inside, thanks to a pile of cinnamon-stick logs and a chimney made from a stack of caramels behind the house. It's a chilly night, so hurry up the sesame-bar path, grab the jelly bean doorknob, and come in and warm up!
Built in the English Tudor tradition, this cottage boasts a stucco royal-icing exterior, pretzel-stick timbers, and a dark-brown roof and door made with chocolate graham crackers. Hazelnut rolled-wafer logs are heaped against one wall. Alphabet pasta spells out "welcome" on the graham cracker mat, and pasta numbers embellish the door, which has a pretzel knob. The fence -- pretzel sticks glued together with icing -- stands up when buried in drifts of coconut snow.
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