By Clara Olshansky
Updated September 20, 2016
Peregrine House
Credit: © Christine McConnell

This is no gingerbread house for ordinary children. Food sculptor Christine McConnell, known for creating wonderfully terrifying baked goods, has made an incredibly faithful recreation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (from the upcoming Tim Burton film of the same title). McConnell built this two foot tall gingerbread masterpiece to debut at a screening of the film. If you just look at pictures side-by-side, McConnell's house, which cost her 150 dollars worth of ingredients to make, is practically indistinguishable from the real thing.

Putting together this spooky gingerbread house was no small feat. All told, it took McConnell ten fifteen-hour work days to complete her creation. And no wonder! First, McConnell had to sculpt the whole thing in cardboard. Then she used each cardboard piece as a template for baking the corresponding cookie, and some of those pieces get pretty detailed. Once the cookies were assembled, she still had to paint it with royal icing and deck it out in sugar glass. No supports, no fondant, just delicious cookie ingredients.

Of course, the hours of work she put it had their reward, and I'm not talking about the 34,000+ likes the house got on Instagram. McConnell has admired Tim Burton since she was seven, and this gingerbread house earned her the chance to meet him in person. McConnell called it "the coolest thing that will ever happen to me..."

If you like this kind of impressive, spooky baking, you're going to want to look at more of McConnell's work. She's created all kinds of flesh-eating monsters and ghastly horror scenes out of baked goods. You may remember her creepy Gremlins cake sculptures. If you're into that kind of thing, you can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.