Santa’s got a brand-new...alpine ski cabin! This well-appointed A-frame flips the script on traditional gingerbread houses, with a rustic-chic exterior (courtesy of a faux-bois roof and pretzel-log walls) and a cozy interior complete with a “stone” fireplace.
To build our mountain retreat (inspired by classic A-frame cabins, some of the simplest yet sturdiest structures out there), start by making and rolling out the gingerbread. The sweet details are below.
Warm the Hearth
The back wall features a fanciful fireplace made of candy-coated chocolate pebbles (we used Kopper's brand; $8 per lb., economycandy.com), secured to the gingerbread with royal icing.
Raise the Roof
Royal icing attaches the side walls to the faux-bois floor and the fireplace wall. Once the walls are completely dry, the roof is added. T-pins hold the structure together while the icing sets. Pretzel rod logs are attached to the exterior walls using more icing.
Above the fireplace hangs a stag's head, made from pieces of mini pretzel and an almond. Royal icing brings it all together and is used to attach the antlers to the fireplace.
The round rug is a bright spot of color in the cabin. It's made from red licorice rope (or Twizzlers Pull ’n’ Peel Candy) wound in a spiral pattern, then decorated with dots of thinned royal icing.
Trim the Tree
A tall Christmas tree is made from a sugar cone cleverly covered in stars of green buttercream and decorated with nonpareils.
Stack the Firewood
For the pile of peppermint-stick logs stored outside of the cabin, small pieces of candy cane are stacked into a pyramid and glued together with royal icing.