While we were baking the gingerbread houses this year, my son said he wanted to make his "gingerbread house" out of pretzels. The kids didn't mind if I took over the gingerbread houses, so the pretzel cabins became the family project.
Welcome to our holiday ranch: pretzel cabin, pretzel barn and pretzel doghouse.
The decorations: gumballs, M&Ms, spiced gumdrops, red hots & sprinkles.
Here are the doghouse pieces:
I stood back, took photos and told them what a great job they were doing.I can be crazy directive when the kids are helping me decorate cookies or a cake. Not this project. This was all about them.
The snowy cabin:
At first, the kids argued over the barn. They both wanted to decorate the largest structure and I didn't have enough rod pretzels to construct another one. I offered to make a doghouse with the pretzel sticks- which immediately appeased my daughter.
She wants to open a pet shop bakery one day.
Gingerbread houses have become our little family tradition over the years, but we all agreed that we liked the pretzel cabins just as much...if not more.
For instruction on these more traditional gingerbread houses, click here.