Chocolate Gingerbread House

This converted Kit-Kat barn just drips cool luxury. Updated earlier in 2016, the owners swapped predictable siding for chocolate and white chocolate bricks and insulated with the most up-to-date royal icing. In addition, the roof was recently reinforced with new honey-flavored graham crackers. An extra-wide barn door at the front of the house makes for a handsome entryway. You’ll love the lofted bedroom, perfect for kids or guests. Situated in the foothills just north of Candy Land, you’ll enjoy year round snow and world-class skiing just a hop, skip, and a jump from your sturdy front door.

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This converted Kit-Kat barn just drips cool luxury. Updated earlier in 2016, the owners swapped predictable siding for chocolate and white chocolate bricks and insulated with the most up-to-date royal icing. In addition, the roof was recently reinforced with new honey-flavored graham crackers. An extra-wide barn door at the front of the house makes for a handsome entryway. You’ll love the lofted bedroom, perfect for kids or guests. Situated in the foothills just north of Candy Land, you’ll enjoy year round snow and world-class skiing just a hop, skip, and a jump from your sturdy front door.

Ingredients

  1. Check House Patterns:
  2. Check Parchment paper
  3. Check Royal Icing:
  4. Check 2 cups (about 8 oz.) powdered sugar
  5. Check 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  6. Check 3-4 tablespoons water
  7. Check Red liquid or gel food coloring
  8. Check Green liquid or gel food coloring
  9. Check Cookie House:
  10. Check 10 chocolate graham cracker sheets
  11. Check 1 (8-oz.) pkg. chocolate disks coated with white nonpareils
  12. Check 4 (1.5-oz.) pkg. Kit Kat crisp wafers coated in white chocolate 
  13. Check 1 (1.5-oz.) pkg. Kit Kat crisp wafers coated in milk chocolate 
  14. Check 1 (8-oz.) pkg. Kit Kat miniature crisp wafers coated in white chocolate 
  15. Check 1 (8-oz.) pkg. Kit Kat miniature crisp wafers coated in milk chocolate 
  16. Check 3 ounces chocolate candy coating

Directions

  1. Prepare the House Patterns: Draw 2 (6¾- x 6¼-inch) rectangles on parchment paper for roof, leaving at least 5 inches between pattern pieces. Draw 2 (5¼- x 2¾-inch) rectangles on parchment paper for sides, leaving at least 5 inches between pattern pieces. Draw 2 (7¾- x 6½-inch) pentagons on parchment paper for ends, leaving at least 5 inches between pattern pieces and starting peak for roof 2¾ inches from bottom. Get the template.
  2. Prepare the Royal Icing: Place powdered sugar, meringue powder, and 3 tablespoons of the water in a medium bowl, and stir until smooth. Stir in up to 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. (Icing should be firm but easy to squeeze through a small hole in piping bag.) Place ½ cup icing in a bowl; stir in desired amount of red food coloring. Place ½ cup icing in a separate bowl; stir in desired amount of green food coloring. Cover each bowl with a damp paper towel; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Keep at room temperature until ready to use. Transfer remaining icing to a disposable piping bag; twist the large opening, and secure with a rubber band. Snip a small hole in the pointed end of the bag. Keep opening covered with a damp paper towel when not using to keep the icing from getting hard.
  3. Prepare the House: For the roof, arrange graham cracker sheets on each roof pattern; carefully trim edges to fit. Pipe icing along edges of crackers, and press together to secure. Let dry completely, about 1 hour. Arrange nonpareil disks over crackers in shingle style, securing with icing. (You may need to cut 1 row of nonpareil disks in half to cover graham crackers.) Let dry completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Trim edges and ends off regular-size Kit Kat pieces. Trim edges and ends off 25 miniature white chocolate Kit Kats and 25 miniature milk chocolate Kit Kats. (Trimming the edges off will make a more secure even fit when they are “glued” together.) Melt chocolate candy coating according to package directions.
  5. For the sides and back of house, arrange regular-size Kit Kats, alternating white chocolate and milk chocolate horizontally, over pattern pieces, cutting as necessary to fit the pattern. Spread a layer of melted chocolate candy coating on the edges of Kit Kats, and press together to adhere. Let dry completely, about 30 minutes. Carefully trim edges to fit pattern.
  6. For the front of house, secure together 5 regular-size milk chocolate pieces for the door. Place door in center on pattern. Arrange miniature Kit Kats, alternating white chocolate and milk chocolate, around door, securing with melted chocolate candy coating. Let dry completely, about 30 minutes.
  7. To assemble house, secure ends to sides with melted chocolate candy coating. (Use soup cans to help hold in place while icing dries.) Let dry completely, about 1 hour. Secure roof by liberally apply icing to peaked portions of ends; press roof pieces in place. (Prop up roof pieces with cans and/or kitchen towels to hold in place.) Fill in any gaps in roof line with icing. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.
  8. Scoop green icing into a piping bag fitted with star tip. Pipe wreath above door on front of house. Scoop red icing into a disposable piping bag; snip a small hole in end of bag. Pipe dots of red onto wreath as desired. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.