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Pretzel Log Cabin

 Pretzel Log Cabin
Longing to live in a log cabin? The house plans on these pages put the next best thing at your fingertips. And a kitchen, not a contractor, is all you need to do the construction! This miniature abode, created by the CW Test Kitchen staff, consists mostly of ready-made ingredients. It's so easy to put together that kids (or grandkids) will love to "hire on" as part of your holiday building cr
1 ServingsPrep: 1 hour 40 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • ICING:
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 3/4 to 1 cup warm water
  • Green liquid or paste food coloring
  • LOG CABIN:
  • 12 whole graham crackers
  • Waxed paper
  • Pastry bags or heavy-duty resealable plastic bags
  • Medium dot (#5, #10) and leaf (#67) decorating tips
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) pecan halves
  • 18-inch square base—heavy-duty cardboard or piece of plywood, covered with foil wrapping paper or aluminum foil
  • Spice jars and tall cans or bottles
  • 3 bags (10 ounces each) pretzel rods (7-1/2 inches long)
  • Serrated knife and ruler
  • Assorted creme wafers (2-1/2 inches x 1 inch)
  • Baking cocoa
  • Cotton balls, optional
  • Red-hot candies
  • Golden raisins or chocolate chip cookies

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Pretzel Log Cabin (continued)

Ingredients (continued)

  • Spearmint candies
  • Sugar ice cream cones

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, meringue powder and 3/4 cup water on
  • low speed until blended. Beat on high for 8-10 minutes or until
  • stiff peaks form, adding additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time,
  • if needed. Remove 1-1/2 cups of icing to another bowl and tint with
  • green food coloring for decorating and trees. Place damp paper towel
  • over each bowl of icing and cover tight until ready to use.
  • To Assemble Roof: Place two graham crackers on waxed paper. Cut a
  • small hole in the bottom corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert #10
  • dot tip if desired (or pipe directly from bag). Fill bag two-thirds
  • full with white icing and refill as needed.
  • Pipe or frost one short end of one cracker and butt the other cracker
  • against it, making a 10-in. x 2-1/2-in. rectangle.
  • Repeat five more times. Set two long rectangles aside for porch roof
  • an floor. Pipe the 10-in. edge of a long rectangle and butt the
  • 10-in. edge if another long rectangle against it, making a 10-in. x
  • 5-in. rectangle for one side of roof. Repeat for other side of roof.
  • Working with one side of the roof at a time, frost entire roof with
  • white icing. Press pecan halves end to end in straight lines along
  • short sides (see photo). There will be about four rows of 14 pecans
  • per row on each side of roof. Repeat for other side. Repeat for
  • porch roof, pressing on two rows of about 14 pecans per row. Allow
  • to dry, uncovered, overnight.
  • To Assemble Sides of House: With four pretzel rods lying flat on
  • waxed paper, apply a 1/4-in.-wide strip of icing along the top edge
  • of each, beginning 1/2 in. from one end and ending by icing the tip
  • of the other end.
  • To form the front of the house, center one iced pretzel rod, icing
  • side down, 7 in. from the front of the foil-covered 18-in.-square
  • base. Add a second pretzel rod, again icing side down, at right
  • angles to the first, placing it so the iced end is 1/2 in. from the
  • un-iced end of the first rod. Repeat with a third and fourth rod, so
  • that these first four rods form a square base with 1/2-in. end
  • extending at each corner.
  • Add a second row, allowing the 1/2-in. un-iced ends to extend in the
  • opposite direction (see photo). Prop sides upright with spice jars
  • for 2-3 minutes until icing hardens, then remove jars. Repeat
  • process until each side is nine pretzel rods high.

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Directions (continued)

  • For Side Peaks: Place seven pretzel rods side by side on waxed paper.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut the ends of the rods at an angle to form
  • a triangle with longest one measuring 7 in. and shortest one
  • measuring 1-1/2 in.
  • Frost the top of the longest rod; butt the next longest pretzel
  • against it. Repeat with remaining cut pretzels. Frost bottom of
  • triangle and adhere to top edge of one side of house (see photo).
  • Prop with tall cans or jars. Add a small triangle of icing at top of
  • triangle. Repeat process for opposite side. Allow to dry completely.
  • To Attach Roof: Working with one side of the house at a time, squeeze
  • icing on opposite slanted edges of the front of the house. Carefully
  • place roof piece on the slant high enough so the roof's peak is even
  • with the points on both sides. The bottom edge of roof will overhang
  • the side by about 3/4 in.
  • Repeat with the other side of the roof (there will be a slight gap at
  • top center). Pipe icing along center peak. Press about 10 pecan
  • halves end to end into icing.
  • For Porch Floor: Cut off the extending end of bottom pretzel at front
  • of house. Spread bottom of porch floor crackers with icing and pipe
  • icing along one long edge. Add porch with icing side down, butting
  • it against front edge of house.
  • For Door: Using two yellow creme wafers, pipe icing on long edge of
  • one wafer; butt against the edge of the other wafer.
  • For Windows: Cut yellow creme wafer into four 1-1/4-in. pieces. Pipe
  • icing on long edge of one wafer; butt against one other wafer.
  • Repeat for a second window. Spread icing on backs of windows and
  • door and position on house according to Fig. 1.
  • For Chimney: Using full width of chocolate wafers, cut wafer to
  • length with Patterns A through F. Assemble chimney layer as follows:
  • Pipe icing on short edge of piece A. Butt against short edge of
  • piece B. Repeat to put together pieces C, D and E. Pipe icing on one
  • long edge of A/B; butt against C/D/E, aligning bottom edges. Repeat
  • with the second layer of chocolate wafers; ice back of one set and
  • press two layers together for a double thickness. Brush icing with
  • cocoa to cover white seams. Spread icing on back of chimney;
  • position on side of house as in Fig. 1. For chimney top (F), ice
  • wafer pieces together for a double thickness. Pipe icing along
  • slanted edge; position on roof above piece E of chimney. If desired,
  • pull apart a cotton ball to form smoke. Attach with a small dab of
  • icing.
  • For Garlands and Wreaths: Insert leaf tip into another decorating

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Pretzel Log Cabin (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • bag; fill with green icing. Pipe garlands on base of windows. Pipe
  • garland or a wreath on the door and chimney. Decorate with red-hots.
  • To Assemble Porch: Cut four pretzel rods to 4-1/2 in. for posts. Pipe
  • a dab of white icing on one end of each post. Position evenly 1/2
  • in. from front edge, on the porch floor. Allow to dry completely.
  • Pipe icing along one long side of porch roof. Pipe a dab of icing on
  • tops of the posts. Carefully place porch roof over posts, pressing
  • frosted side of porch roof against side of house where slanted side
  • of house roof ends.
  • To Decorate: Insert #5 dot tip into another decorating bag; fill with
  • white icing. Pipe along entire edge of roof, then pipe white icicles
  • on same edge. Use remaining white icing for snow on base.
  • Make path with raisins or broken chocolate chip cookies. Adhere
  • spearmint candies with green icing for bushes. Using a leaf tip,
  • starting at the point, pipe green icing on upside-down ice cream
  • cones for trees. Let dry completely.
  • Display throughout the Christmas season! (Note: If stored properly,
  • your log cabin should last for future holidays, although it may
  • require some minor touch-ups.)
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 7,727 calories, 233 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5,363 mg sodium, 1,368 g carbohydrate, 43 g fiber, 101 g protein.