Updated: Friday, 06 Jan 2012, 12:00 PM CST
Published : Friday, 06 Jan 2012, 6:59 AM CST
Recipe from the Happy Cookie Lady.
18 oz jar creamy peanut butter, at room temperature
2 12 ounce bags thin pretzel sticks ( not rods)
1 red fruit rollup
This makes about 8 cabins with camp fires.
Put about 1 cup peanut butter in a resealable plastic bag, pressing out excess air, squeeze peanut butter to one corner of bag and snip off 1/8 inch from corner to form a makeshift pastry bag or decorator gun with small hole tip.
To make base:
Secure 2 pretzels to a serving board or plate with dabs of peanut butter, arranging them parallel to each other about 2 inches apart, and pipe peanut butter along top of them, beginning and ending 1/4 inch from end of each pretzel. Put 2 pretzels across base to form a square, arranging them 1/4 inch from ends and pressing them into peanut butter. Continue building sides of log cabin in same manner, using peanut butter as mortar, until log cabin is 6 pretzels high on all sides.
To make roof supports, secure an upright pretzel in center of each of 2 shorter cabin walls, attaching them to inside walls with peanut butter. Break 2 pretzels in half and prop 2 halves at 45 degree angle against each upright support, securing ends with peanut butter to top of upright and to cabin corners.
Beginning at base of roof, arrange pretzels across roof supports, piping peanut butter on each pretzel before adding each succeeding pretzel to the opposite side of roof. That way they won't be heavier on one side than the other, just work your way up to the top.
Glue broken pretzels in a campfire pattern with peanut butter on serving board in front of cabin. Cut flames from red fruit roll up to make flames.
This sounds like a long process, but takes less then 10 minutes per cabin, once you master the first one.