Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Hello everyone! Rosy here with a holiday food post for you!
I’ve always thought that making gingerbread houses at Christmas time was such a fun tradition, but it always looked like a big, and a bit complicated, process to me. Until I came across the idea to make little houses out of graham crackers! That seemed easy enough, even to me; so the other day we (Isaac, Audrey, and I) created some cute little Christmas houses.
First I gathered together my supplies:
graham crackers (1 box made three houses)
frosting (I used regular buttercream icing)
candy to decorate
Knowing that my 1 and 2 year old were not going to be able to help in the construction of the house itself, I put the houses together myself before they were up, to minimize the mess that would result :)
I cut all of the pieces out first, using a common butter knife. I found that it worked the best to score the cracker with the knife and then snap it apart.
Tip: If the edge isn’t clean enough, it works great to rub it against another cracker.
My house parts looked like this:
Now I was ready to put the pieces together using the frosting as glue. I had already made my frosting the day before, adding some extra powdered sugar to keep it stiff.
Some people use melted chocolate to put together their gingerbread houses and give it a more solid structure, but I opted for the easier cleanup of icing.
After the houses were put together, I stuck them in the refrigerator to let the frosting harden a bit before we decorated them. And I wanted to feed the children breakfast before they got their hands in the candy :)
Now we get to the fun part of actually decorating our houses!
I piped on the icing and then let the children stick on candy. Isaac had a great time putting candies on his house. Audrey didn’t think candy should go on houses, but all in your mouth!
Tip: We used pretzels as windows and added cracker pieces for shutters.
You could get really creative with the candies and decorations that you use! I kept it pretty simple with the age of my children, and in Audrey’s case, ended up doing most of the decorating on her house myself.
These are so cute and the perfect size for children!
I think it would be neat to do a miniature version like this and use them as placecards at your holiday table!
All in all, it was a fun project and we’ll probably do it again. Maybe by next year Audrey will be old enough to decorate her own house, too. And maybe someday I’ll even graduate to making “real” gingerbread houses.
Here is the page that I scrapped about our house decorating experience.
I’d like to hear from you! If you decorate gingerbread houses, do you eat them soon after, or are they a fun holiday decoration to you? (Just add a comment on this post.)
I couldn’t decide, and then I thought they’d probably be getting stale anyway, so we kept them as decoration! So maybe this isn’t a “food” post at all! hmmm….. Oh, yeah, Audrey definitely thinks that it is!
Thanks for stopping by! Don’t miss Beckie‘s AWESOME Focus on Photos post just below this one…it was also published today!