Gingerbread houses (that are super easy and fun to make)

I grew up making gingerbread houses every Christmas. So when Mike and I had kids, that became part of our Christmas tradition too.

I think gingerbread houses made from scratch–with all the intricate shapes and details–are so cute.  

But that’s not how we make them in our house. :)

We do it the easy-peasy way: with graham crackers.

Not exactly the traditional gingerbread house, but the kids love building whatever kind of houses they want and decorating them with candy.

And I (being craft challenged) love how easy the houses are to make.

Here’s how you do it: 

Get a box of graham crackers,
a couple bags of candy,
and make a super-easy frosting (1 lb. powder sugar, 3 egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1/1 tsp cream of tarter – beat for 10 minutes).

Take a piece of cardboard (cut up a box), cover it with foil, then build your gingerbread house on top of it.

Start by spreading a layer of frosting over the foil so when you build the houses, they’ll stick. Spread frosting on the edge of each graham cracker too so the crackers stick to each other when you make the walls and roof of the house.

If you want, you can add food coloring to the frosting to make things like trees or a pond.

Here’s my daughter’s duck pond. :)

I thought it was too cute. :)

Have fun making your own gingerbread houses, and happy Wordful/Wordless Wednesday!

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  1. I love what you did!We're taking a break from gingerbread houses this year. Instead we got them gingerbread trees to decorate… a little bit easier and hopefully less mess for me to clean up. =)

  2. I LOVE easy-peasy! :) And I love your daughter's duck pond. :)We did the miniature gingerbread houses (the store-bought kit) this year. NOT next year. Mercy. I so need easy. :)

  3. We've made the mini houses before, but we couldn't keep it standing. What's your secret? Is the icing as glue on the foil? That could have been why ours fell. We missed that crucial step.

  4. That's a neat idea. I'm taking mental notes for when I have kids.I'm a new follower from Wordish Wednesdays!

  5. We tried this last year, but I now realize that it was harder than it should have been as I didn't use cardboard as the foundation. Your daughter's ducks are so cute!

  6. Oh fer fun! I keep walking by those Gingerbread kits at the grocery store and trying to ignore my sons pleas to get one, don't know how much longer I can hold out.

  7. What a great idea – I love it! We may be going this route this year. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  8. Run DMT – yes, we use the icing on the foil as glue (spread it thick before putting the crackers on it). Hope that helps!:)

  9. Graham crackers is a great way to do it!!!! Taste better

  10. I have been making no-bake cakes from graham crackers and seeing your post on Gingerbread made me smile. This is going to be another addition to our Christmas feast. My son will be delighted.

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