Some of you have been here long enough to remember the gingerbread playdate I blogged about a couple of years ago.
Loving my boys in their chef's hats! You can find them here.
|Barry felt right at home.|
First of all, AND THIS IS NEW VERY IMPORTANT INFO, please use only Honey Maid Graham Crackers. Do not attempt to get frugal with generic crackers. Do not attempt to go classic with the cute red box. I am speaking from experience here. Your cottages will suffer for your frugal, traditional ways. BUY THE BLUE BOX. Got it?
Second, after the first year I gave up on assembling the cottages with icing and resorted to hot glue. By all means, use icing if you are making these for your family. If, however, you are making 6 or more cottages, use hot glue. It is so much faster and no one eats them anyway.
Finally, the original inspiration for these was all Martha. I also still use her Royal Icing recipe for the excellent, super-hardening icing which holds the candy in place. Meringue powder is your friend:
|Prep: you will need four graham crackers per cottage. Break two in half to form four squares. For the other two, carefully cut as shown above with a serrated knife.|
|Glue a square to your cake round (or a paper plate).|
|Glue a peaked-roof cracker on next.|
|Repeat, with your second peaked-roof cracker.|
|Add the final wall of your cottage.|
|To each side, glue a square to form a roof.|
|There you have it: Easy Gingerbread Houses!|
Now you are all ready to decorate and have fun! Enjoy!