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Christmas Pop Tart House

Christmas Pop Tart House

We LOVE Gingerbread Houses in our house. We make one every year and then Evan demolishes it and eats it. He loves gingerbread. One thing he loves more than gingerbread? Pop Tarts! This Christmas Pop Tart house is super cute and you can eat it unless you let it get to stale.

Christmas Pop Tart House Building

Equipment:

Supplies for House:

Make Your Royal Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Stir together in a small bowl. If it is too thick, add water a tsp at a time until you get a good consistency. Don’t make it ahead of time because it will harden! Spoon into a pastry bag or a Ziploc. Cut off the tip and you can use it as glue without using a piping tip!
  • Note: This should NOT be runny. It should be thick like glue, but not so thick it hurts your hand to squeeze it out. Your climate will affect how much water needs to be used. If it becomes too runny, add more powdered sugar to thicken it up. This step is extremely important for the structure of the house.

Instructions:

Line up two Pop Tarts into an L shape. Using the long piece of the “L” as a guide.

Cut a triangle out of the taller Pop Tart using the diagonal to the top.

Repeat on the opposite side. You’re making the pitch of the roof.

Using the cut Pop Tart as a guide, cut two of the remaining four Pop Tarts to make the sides.

You should now have 3 sets of 2 identically cut Pop Tarts (roof top, sides, front and back).

Make a cut at the tip of your piping bag for the royal icing, it shouldn’t be too small, but also not too big where you can not control the amount of icing coming out.

Pipe a thick line of icing down the edge of the inside of the walls of the house.

“Glue” the side pieces to the front of the house.

Glue the back walls to the opposite end.

Let this sit for about 30 min (you can put it in the refrigerator or freezer for 10-15 minutes before moving on to speed up the process.

For extra durability, add royal icing to all exposed areas of the top of the house.

Attach the two final FULL pieces of the Pop Tart to the roof. Ice the two top pieces together. Let rest overnight for best results if leaving together for an extended amount of time.

Line holiday chocolate candies in a pattern across the roof using the royal icing as glue when needed.

Pipe a line of royal icing down one edge of the roof to add “lights” using mini m&ms.

Repeat on other side.

Line up dots to create a pattern of “bushes” around the house. Use royal icing to secure into place.

Use Mini Pop Tarts and additional candies to finish decorating your house. See below for some optional decorating ideas!

Optional Decorations:

Cut a marshmallow in half. Glue them sticky side up to hold mini candy canes in place for peppermint trees/poles.

Add sprinkles, peppermint or holiday candy to the sides of the roof. Remember that the more candy you add to the roof, the more sturdy it will need to be, so you will need to make sure you’ve given your royal icing time to fully harden (4-6 hours).

Notes: If keeping the holiday house out for an extended amount of time, let the house dry overnight before decorating. Glue the house to the cake board or paper plate for ease in moving it once it’s done.

Pop Tart House

Christmas Pop Tart House

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A fun twist on a gingerbread house. Make it with Pop Tarts!

Ingredients

Supplies for House:

  • 6 Pop Tarts (have extra in case they break)
  • Pop Tarts Bites or other small cookies
  • Holiday M&Ms
  • Mini M&Ms
  • 1 pack Dots candy
  • Mini Peppermint Candy Canes
  • 1 Marshmallow (cut in half)

Royal Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions

    !Royal Icing

    1. Stir together in a small bowl. If it is too thick, add water a tsp at a time until you get a good consistency. Don't make it ahead of time because it will harden! Spoon into a pastry bag or a Ziploc. Cut off the tip and you can use it as glue without using a piping tip.
    2. Note: This should NOT be runny. It should be thick like glue, but not so thick it hurts your hand to squeeze it out. Your climate will affect how much water needs to be used. If it becomes too runny, add more powdered sugar to thicken it up. This step is extremely important for the structure of the house.

!House Building Instructions:

  1. Line up two Pop Tarts into an L shape. Using the long piece of the “L” as a guide.
  2. Cut a triangle out of the taller Pop Tart using the diagonal to the top.
  3. Repeat on the opposite side. You're making the pitch of the roof.
  4. Using the cut Pop Tart as a guide, cut two of the remaining four Pop Tarts to make the sides.
  5. You should now have 3 sets of 2 identically cut Pop Tarts (roof top, sides, front and back).
  6. Make a cut at the tip of your piping bag for the royal icing, it shouldn’t be too small, but also not too big where you can not control the amount of icing coming out.
  7. Pipe a thick line of icing down the edge of the inside of the walls of the house.
  8. “Glue” the side pieces to the front of the house.
  9. Glue the back walls to the opposite end.
  10. Let this sit for about 30 min (you can put it in the refrigerator or freezer for 10-15 minutes before moving on to speed up the process.
  11. For extra durability, add royal icing to all exposed areas of the top of the house.
  12. Attach the two final FULL pieces of the Pop Tart to the roof. Ice the two top pieces together. Let rest overnight for best results if leaving together for an extended amount of time.
  13. Line holiday chocolate candies in a pattern across the roof using the royal icing as glue when needed.
  14. Pipe a line of royal icing down one edge of the roof to add “lights” using mini m&ms.
  15. Repeat on other side.
  16. Line up dots to create a pattern of “bushes” around the house. Use royal icing to secure into place.
  17. Use Mini Pop Tarts and additional candies to finish decorating your house. See below for some optional decorating ideas!

Notes

See blog post for additional decoration ideas.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 619Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 318mgCarbohydrates: 118gFiber: 2gSugar: 75gProtein: 5g

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