Graham Cracker House

If you want to make gingerbread houses with your family, consider making a graham cracker house.  They are just as cute, but you can skip the time consuming process of baking and cutting the gingerbread.  They are inexpensive, too.  Older kids will be able to cut the crackers and assemble the house themselves.  Just have lots of extra crackers on hand as they will certainly break a few crackers.

You will need:

1.  Six cracker per house
     (Have extras on hand in case you break a few)

2.  Royal frosting

3.  Assorted candies

4.  Cardboard for the base

5.  White paper & wax paper

6.  A decorator tube or sturdy plastic bag

A gingerbread hosue made from graham crackers
The base for the graham cracker house 1.  Make the base.  Wrap the cardboard in white paper and then wax paper.
Cutting the graham cracker

2.  Cut the crackers.  To cut a cracker, use a serrated knife.  Run it over the cracker gently to form a dent where you wish to cut the cracker.  Then break the cracker along that line.

For the house you will need:

  • Two sides. 
    Take two cracker and cut about 1/2 inch off the end.
  • Two roof pieces. 
    You will use two whole crackers
  • A front and back piece. 
    Cut 1/2 inch off the top of each cracker.  Than cut at an angle from the middle line of the cracker to center of the top of the cracker.  Cut one on each side of the cracker.
A tube full of frosting 3.  Put your frosting into the decorator bag with a medium to large round tip. If you don't have a decorator bag you can use a sturdy, resealable plastic bag.  Put the frosting into the bag, and then snip a bit of the corner off.  Squeeze the frosting out of the hole in the corner.
An assembled gingerbread house

4.  Assemble the house.  We like to put frosting on the bottom and side of the front, stand it up, and then add a wall, then the back, then the next wall.  There isn't really a particular order that makes is easier than any other order.  Just make sure you put frosting on the bottom of all the pieces to hold the house upright.  Then add the roof. 

You can let the frosting dry, which will take about 15 minutes.  You can decorate while the frosting is wet.  Just be careful not to push too hard.

Putting gumdrops on the roof 5.  Decorate!  Glue on candy with the frosting and use the frosting to outline doors and windows, if you like.  We like to slice gumdrops and use them for roof tiles, so we are including a picture so you can see how to do this.
A gingerbread house made from graham crackers 6.  The houses will keep indefinitely, but if you want to eat the candy you should do so quickly so it won't go stale.  If you make your own royal frosting with egg whites, you shouldn't eat anything that comes in contact with the frosting.

Graham crackers were invented in 1829 by (who else) Mr. Graham.  They were originally marketed as a health food, as Mr. Graham advocated their consumption as part of a vegetarian diet.  Ironically, although the ingredients in graham crackers have changed little since 1829,  they are now found in the snack food aisle.

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