Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Easy Gingerbread Houses (Part Tu-torial)

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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.
Well, these little gingerbread cottages have become an annual tradition around here, and with dozens of these beauties under my belt I figured I'd whip up a quick tutorial for you (also, my girl asked, so this one's for you B!)

Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers

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:


Enough words, on to some pics and if you have any questions, please speak up!

Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers
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.

Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers
Glue a square to your cake round (or a paper plate).
Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers
Glue a peaked-roof cracker on next.

Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers
Repeat, with your second peaked-roof cracker. 

Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers
Add the final wall of your cottage.

Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers
To each side, glue a square to form a roof.  

Easy Gingerbread House Tutorial Graham Crackers
There you have it: Easy Gingerbread Houses!

Now you are all ready to decorate and have fun!  Enjoy!

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7 comments:

  1. So glad to have found this, going to have a gingerbread house party at my place. And I love the chef hats, so fun!

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  2. I know this is an old post, but I'm going to follow this for a birthday party this Sunday. How far in advance do you think I can make these? Thank you! Very cute and easy idea!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I think you can make them days in advance--I've done it up to 4 days before the party and then they keep for weeks afterward. Have fun!!!

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  3. Thank you for posting this and your great ideas! Question...how many servings/batches do you make of the royal icing?

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    1. That will all depend on how many houses you need to ice, but one batch should ice about 10 houses. I usually double or even quadruple the recipe, and refrigerate the ample leftovers to use for Christmas cookies.

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    2. Super old post hope I can get an answer... I usually host a christmas cookie decorating party but this year im kicking up a knotch... I'm doing this but can you tell me tje difference betweem hot glue and icing

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    3. I find it's easier to use hot glue because it sets quickly, but of course then they are no longer edible! So I guess there are pros and cons to each method:). Have fun!

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