Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

I made this gingerbread cookie & candy house with fruit leather siding for Easter in 2013 for a couple that is dear to my heart. 

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

That year, they bought their first home in New England. Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

So I made a gingerbread house replica of it.
Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

First, I cut out a paper template of the design. I changed the roof a little to make it more simple so that it would be easier to make out of cookies. Then, I used each paper template piece to trace the parts out of gingerbread house dough.

My go-to recipe is included in the following kit
Gingerbread House Dough Recipe & Baking Instructions
Gingerbread House Dough Recipe and Baking Instructions
Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

Here are the pieces after they were baked.

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn
Note that some house pieces were dark brown and some were light brown because I used two different batches of gingerbread house dough.

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn
To give the effect of red siding, I used overlapping strips of strawberry fruit leather. It was “glued” down using royal icing.

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn
The porch columns were made of rolled cookie wafers and the porch rails were made of royal icing-dipped pretzels.The front steps and the chimney were piles of cookies and chocolate. There were also chocolate dipped caramels and toffee squares lining the base of the house.

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

All of the piping around the edges and windows was done in chocolate and royal icing. I abide by the icing recipes and assembly instructions within this kit:

Gingerbread House Decoration & Construction
Gingerbread House Decorating and Building

The back porch was made of chocolate bars propped up by malt balls. The stairs were made of chocolate almond bark.
Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

The chimney was made of butternut cookies sealed together with dark chocolate.
Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

In the candy yard, there were jelly beans, malt balls, candy rocks, chocolate-dipped nuts, and red hots, all of which got eaten up.

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

Made with love for Chris & Lara and their sweet new home.

Gingerbread Cookie House with a Candy Lawn

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