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So you made a gingerbread house? If you’re going to display the edible holiday home before digging in, spend some extra time to make the landscape look festive, too. These delicious sugar-laden trimmings, which can all be eaten, are easy to make and provide an afternoon of fun for the whole family.
What You’ll Need:
- Your decorated gingerbread house
- Giant Marshmallow Sheets (can be found at your local Michaels Store)
- Cookie Sheet
- Parchment paper
- Royal Frosting
- Piping Bags
- Piping tips (here’s a good starter set)
- Angled Spatula
- Snowman shaped cookie cutter
- Melting Pot
- Candy Melts in various colors (white, green, blue)
- Chocolate-coated pretzels
- Gum drops
- Sugar cones
- Powdered sugar
- Peppermint Candy sticks
- Sugar Pearls
- Candy Canes
- Food Writers, black
- Candy Gingerbread Men
- Graham Crackers
- Lay the giant marshmallow sheet directly on your cookie sheet. (This will make for an easy transport once you’re finished!)
- Using the royal frosting or white icing from your gingerbread house kit, frost the your gingerbread house onto the giant marshmallow sheet.
To make trees:
- Melt green candy melts in the melting pot.
- Coat sugar cones in the green candy melts and then roll in green sanding sugar.
- Add sugar pearl ornaments and a star for decoration.
- Once dry, attach them to your marshmallow sheet (upside down) using royal frosting or candy melts.
To make a walkway:
- Using a piping bag or spatula, spread royal frosting in the desired shape in front of your gingerbread house.
- Add sprinkles, sugar pearls, or jellybeans to the frosting and let them set.
To make a sleigh:
- Using royal frosting, attach a graham cracker to two candy canes.
- Add an edible snowman for a fun sleigh ride!
To make a snowman:
- Dip the snowman shaped cookie cutter in powdered sugar and then cut out the shape from an extra marshmallow sheet.
- Coat the edges of the marshmallow shape in powdered sugar.
- Using a black food writer, draw on eyes, nose, a mouth, and buttons.
- You can even add a scarf with a piece of fruit leather or a gum drop hat!
To make an ice skating rink:
- Melt blue candy melts in the melting pot.
- On parchment paper, create a circular shape with the melted blue candy. Make sure it’s not too thin! Let dry.
- Carefully peel the ice rink shape from the parchment paper and adhere it to your marshmallow sheet using a bit of melted candy.
- Pipe a snowy edge around the outside of the ice skating rink using white icing and add white sanding sugar.
- Cut slivers from gumdrops and stick them to the bottom of the candy gingerbread men to make ice skates.
- Using white icing, attach the gingerbread to the ice skating rink.
To make a fence:
- Melt white candy melts in the melting pot.
- Dip the bottom of the chocolate-coated pretzels in the candy melts and attached them side by side to create a fence along the border of the giant marshmallow. (You could also use peppermint sticks to make a fence!)