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Gingerbread houses are an iconic part of the Christmas season, but let’s be real: Making them isn’t always fun. The walls are always caving in, the candy balls keep rolling away and the icing shingles wind up looking like a gloopy, dripping mess.
Well, fret no more, friends. You can now build a gorgeous and edible holiday house without losing your cool. Enter the pretzel log cabin! Made out of pretzel logs, this is a sturdy alternative to the gingerbread house, making it perfect for kids’ little hands (and for adults with uncrafty hands). Plus, it’s got that all-American flair as log cabins are about as patriotic as Abraham Lincoln himself.
You just need a few basics to get started: pretzel rods, graham crackers (or a similar flat, sturdy cracker), icing and various other add-ons (sprinkles, hard peppermint candy, tiny pretzel sticks, gumdrops, you name it). Then you’ll be ready to personalize your very own. MyRecipes has a full tutorial on how to make one. Pro tip: If you’ve got dietary restrictions, pick up some gluten-free pretzel rods from Amazon or at your local grocery store if they have them.
Back in 2015, the blogger at Spaceships and Laser Beams posted this incredible creation on Facebook and earned rave reviews:
Instagram also has plenty of amazing examples of pretzel log cabins that’ll spark ideas for your own. User @amynicholemilne created hers with a Seattle Seahawks theme. We’re loving the shredded wheat cereal she used on the roof. How clever!
Graham crackers can serve as a strong base to glue your pretzel rods onto, but if you don’t want to use crackers, you can cut out cardboard to the shape and size you want your structure to be (we know you probably have some Amazon boxes sitting around from all the holiday shopping!).
Once you have the base of your structure formed, you use the pretzel rods as logs stacking on top of the other until you reach your desired height. As with a gingerbread house, you’ll want to warm up your icing so that it’s the right, tacky consistency, and if it keeps hardening on you, set the icing in a glass bowl on a small mug warmer.
If you want a festive demonstration on how to build and decorate your own pretzel log cabin, check out Fun Foods’ instructional video from YouTube:
This cabin is so Christmasy, it could easily be found in the North Pole!