Learning how to make a gingerbread house — kits notwithstanding — can be a bit of a frustrating experience. There is inevitably not enough candy or frosting. Learning how to make a gingerbread house with graham crackers opens the door to imagination. Try it!
Assembling the Hardware
To make a gingerbread house, get together a few supplies ahead of time. Avoid getting started on the project only to have to stop and look for more items. The frosting gets hard and difficult to work with in the process.
Leftover Halloween candy
Packages of graham crackers or their generic equivalents
Cake decorator bags
Difference between Gingerbread House Kits and the Graham Cracker Approach
Taking the kit approach when getting ready to make a gingerbread house with the kids can backfire. There are insufficient amounts of candy, the walls of the home fill up too soon, and the child who is done first quickly gets bored.
With the graham cracker approach the size of the houses might be smaller, but with a sufficiently large bottom surface, the children can let their imagination soar and create an entire village. Decorate with cotton for snow, and it makes for a gorgeous (disposable) Christmas display. Last but not least, mom and dad get rid of the Halloween candy!
How to Make a Gingerbread House with Graham Crackers in 4 Steps
Mix the frosting
Even though pre-mixed frosting is cheap to buy, homemade versions let you go easy on the water. Control the stickiness and consistency in this manner. Put the frosting in the decorator bags and opt for medium tips. They are a good option for younger children who may have a hard time with narrow tips.
Unwrap the Halloween candy
Crush some of the candies with a hammer on the cutting board — away from little fingers — and cut bars of chocolate into smaller pieces. Separate candies by kinds into different bowls. Even though one communal bowl might work, this could easily lead to one child’s hogging the candy in search of “just the right” piece.
Make a gingerbread house
Cut gables with the knife. Each house consists of two regular crackers for the sides, two gable-cut ones for the front and back, and two roof pieces for the top. Use the frosting to glue together all the connecting points. Let the graham cracker gingerbread houses sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Use more frosting and your imagination to decorate the houses with the candy pieces. Do not stop with the houses; attach them to a cardboard surface with frosting and then create a landscape. Cut out other shapes from the graham crackers, such as trees, animals or people.
As you can see, learning how to make a gingerbread house with graham crackers is quick, simple and a lot of fun. Use up the Halloween candy or even opt for dry lentils, pasta and crackers. With this much imagination, who needs gingerbread house kits?