Take your gingerbread house to the next level by building this festive A-frame cabin. The rustic-chic exterior is made with a faux-bois roof, pretzel-log walls, and plenty of royal icing, while the cozy interior boasts everything from a "stone" fireplace and candy-cane logs to a red-licorice rug and a buttercream tree. Get the cabin template here, and for all the sweet details, check out our step-by-step guide.
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Cabin Assembly Tips
It's easiest and safest to assemble the cabin on a parchment-covered cutting board or other sturdy board. If you must assemble and then transfer it to another serving surface, do so on wax-coated paper, then gently peel it away when the cabin is completely dry and stable enough to move.
Drape cans from the pantry with clean kitchen towels to support the structure and help prevent smudging on the faux-bois walls. You can also use clean T-pins or sewing pins to hold the structure together while the icing sets; remove once the cabin is completely dry.
Gingerbread scraps can be re-rolled once and cut with 3-to-5-inch tree-shaped cookie cutters; bake on parchment-lined sheets at 350 degrees until crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Use sanding sugar and leftover thinned royal icing to decorate.