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Gingerbread Graham Cracker Houses

I had so much fun making these Gingerbread Graham Cracker Houses with my daughter! I love how they turned out and they are so fun!

Now, I can bake a basic cake or cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies, but I’m not quite brave enough to make my own gingerbread house forms. I went through the web looking for something easy, without buying one of the pre-made house kits. When I came across another blog who made her Gingerbread house out of Graham Crackers, I knew I could do that… well… almost.

I saw the box of Honey Maid Gingerbread and picked it up! Now, I could have made the super large chalet style house, but with my 5 year old’s attention span, I figured these little cabins would be the right size for her to make and design without loosing interest. Turns out, I was right.

To make these Gingerbread Homes, you’ll need

  • 4 Whole Graham Cracker Rectangles
  • Royal Icing (1 lb powered sugar, 3T meringue power, 8 -10 tsp water, 1 tsp vanilla)
  • CANDY!!! Lots and lots of CANDY!!
I went to my grocery bulk food section and got a selection of chocolate candies, hard candies, gumdrops, nuts, chocolate chips, candy corns, marshmallows and who knows what else…
To construct the house, break the 4 rectangles into squares and, with a serrated knife, score one square diagonally to create two triangles. You should have two triangles and 7 squares.
Make your Royal Icing. Place ingredients into a mixer and combine until smooth. It will be thick! You do not want runny icing. This is the glue that will hold the house together. I divided mine into 3 disposable Wilton bags. No tip needed, just snip off the end.
Place one square on a paper plate and outline it with the icing. Place the East and West walls first. The icing will help to keep it up. If they are falling over, add more icing. Then add icing up the sides of those walls to attach the North and South walls. The four walls will help to hold each other up. Add a line of icing to the tops of the North and South walls and add the triangles to form the peak of the house. More icing to the tops of the triangles and the East and West walls and add the roof.
I’m sorry I did not take pictures of the process. I was helping two goofy girls make straight walls and roofs 🙂
I let the houses dry overnight. The directions on the box say to dry for 5 minutes, but I don’t think that nearly long enough…
The next evening, we had a DECORATING  PARTY! All the candy was put into cupcake trays and the girls each had their bag of Royal Icing.
I let the girls run wild with their imagination and was so tickled to see their creations.
I got in on the fun as well and made two houses.

I took my daughter’s house and one of my houses and placed them on a cookie sheet. With the extra candy and icing, I created a little scene. I made fences, bushes, sidewalks, a lamppost and some trees!

For the Trees, I had some Ice Cream Cones, coated them in Royal Icing and then rolled it in shredded coconut. I added some candy coated sunflower seeds for decorations. I couldn’t find my star candies (think someone ate them all) and used a Sixlet candy on top.
Oops! We had a little accident. This poor house fell off the table onto the floor.
All that broke was one wall. I could not believe it!
This icing totally kept this house together.
Have fun with this project! There is no wrong way to decorate a Gingerbread house and your only limitation is your imagination!
Gingerbread Graham Cracker Houses
Recipe Type: Gingerbread House
Author: Karyn Granrud
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
I had so much fun making these Gingerbread Graham Cracker Houses with my daughter! I love how they turned out and they are so fun!
Ingredients
  • 4 Whole Graham Cracker Rectangles
  • Royal Icing (1 lb powered sugar, 3 Tbsp meringue power, 8 -10 tsp water, 1 tsp vanilla)
  • CANDY!!! Lots and lots of CANDY!!
Instructions
  1. To construct the house, break the 4 rectangles into squares and, with a serrated knife, score one square diagonally to create two triangles. You should have two triangles and 7 squares.
  2. Make your Royal Icing. [br]Place ingredients into a mixer and combine until smooth. It will be thick! You do not want runny icing. This is the glue that will hold the house together. I divided mine into 3 disposable piping bags. No tip needed, just snip off the end.
  3. Place one square on a paper plate and outline it with the icing. Place the East and West walls first. The icing will help to keep it up. If they are falling over, add more icing. Then add icing up the sides of those walls to attach the North and South walls. The four walls will help to hold each other up. Add a line of icing to the tops of the North and South walls and add the triangles to form the peak of the house. More icing to the tops of the triangles and the East and West walls and add the roof.
  4. I let the houses dry overnight.
  5. The next day, have a DECORATING PARTY! All the candy was put into cupcake trays and the girls each had their bag of Royal Icing.

Looking for more Christmas goodies to make with the kids? How about making some of these.

Snow Globe Cake Pops

Gingerbread Mansion

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Addicted to Recipes

Friday 21st of December 2012

What great fun! Featuring you from Scrumptious Sunday #41! http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.ca/2012/12/scrumptious-sunday-40-and-41-features.html

Danice

Wednesday 19th of December 2012

Wonderful! Thank you for this recipe. I found your blog at Dixie and Dottie's Countdown to Christmas Link Party.

Rachel (I Love My Disorganized Life)

Sunday 16th of December 2012

I have never tried to make a gingerbread house. WAY too scary! All that work and then it just sits there. By the time you are willing to let people eat it, EEEWW. It's old and nasty! Perfect idea if you want the fun without all of that work! Love it and am so glad you shared it with us at Wicked Good Wednesdays!

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel

Wednesday 12th of December 2012

These gingerbread houses are so adorable! Would love it if you would link this up to the Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings party that I'm co-hosting right now at http://www.thriftyrebel.com/2012/12/winter-wonders-holiday-happenings-link.html Hope to see you there! Have a fabulously festive week!Tuula :)

Miz Helen

Thursday 6th of December 2012

Congratulations!Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.Come Back Soon!Miz Helen