Who says that you have to create gingerbread houses only for winter? I say we start a new tradition over here that summer is for the edible house building. I had a bag of gluten free pretzel sticks I bought for the TeePee Cookies that needed to be used up so I sat there staring at the bag, wondering what other uses could be used. Just so you know, this is how 95% of my ideas arrive. If I am not standing in the middle of a grocery store aisle staring off into space, trying to think of how many ways I could use (inset product here), I’m at my home staring off into a blank piece of paper jotting down ideas and sketching it out after deep thought. Definitely not glamorous but I get asked that question a lot and now you know. So there I was, staring at these pretzels, trying to think of what they resemble and how they could be used and it hit me like a load of logs: A Pretzel Log Cabin.
I love the idea of taking holiday traditions, creating a twist, and placing them at a different month in the calendar and call it a new tradition. No reefs hung on the door, this is a 4th of July celebration so we are hanging the American flag. The sun is shining, the trees are green and healthy, and this Pretzel Log Cabin is invoking you inside for summer fun and relaxation. Can we all go there now?
Need some visualization with how to make this Pretzel Log Cabin of your own? I knew you would ask! It’s why I made this video tutorial just for you. Yeah, that’s right, YOU. Don’t look behind you as if you don’t think I’m talking to you…
- 7 gluten free graham crackers (store bought or homemade)
- 1 bag gluten free pretzel sticks
- gluten free cereal (like Chex)
- ½ c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. water
- 2 cinnamon sticks, cut to fit cabin's porch height
- Combine the powdered sugar and water and mix until a thick paste has been formed. If too runny, add 1 tablespoon of sugar until a consistency of paste has been reached.
- Place into a plastic baggie with a small slit cut out of the corner or a piping bag.
- Take 2 graham crackers and coat with the sugar paste. Place the pretzel sticks even over the cracker.
- Take those same 2 graham crackers that have the pretzels on them and turn on the longer side and place parallel to each. "Glue" with the powdered sugar paste along the sides to connect with 2 graham crackers (that have been broken in half to create 4 squares). Make sure to keep the other halves as you will need to carefully cut at the tops to create an angle for the roof. See the video for guidance. You should have a rectangle now.
- Allow to dry 5 minutes.
- Add paste to the tops of only the long parts of the rectangle. Place 2 more graham crackers on top to create a roof. Using the paste create a sealing within the 2 graham crackers at the top.
- Spread more sugar paste over each side of the roof and coat evenly with gluten free cereal. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
- Take the 2 remainder graham cracker squares and gently cut into an angle to fit along the sides of the roof. Glue.
- Break 1 graham cracker in half, length wise. Glue over the base of one side of the bottom of the roof. Prop up with a piece of cinnamon stick that has been cut to fit the height. Please refer to video.
- Finish glueing the rest of the cereal on the top of the awning. Use the gaps to glue more pretzel sticks.
- Using a small piece of graham cracker, glue 2 cut pretzel sticks around it. Glue to the front.
Who wants to sleep in the backyard with these TeePee cookies? Let’s go camping now!