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Easy Graham Cracker "Gingerbread" Houses for Kids

By Kelsey Banfield |

GIngerbread House

Over the weekend I made 18 graham cracker gingerbread houses to take to my daughter’s school. That sounds like a lot – and it was – but it was much easier than you may think. I assembled them with simple graham crackers and royal icing on individual paper plates. They set overnight and I transported them to school on cookie sheets. I didn’t want to bother with piping royal icing in school so I just took tubs of store bought vanilla icing and candy for the kids to use for decorations. They using large popsicle sticks to swab on the icing and dot on their candy decorations. It was a total ball for all of them and such a fun project for me.

My daughter is still in preschool, but older kids could get really into this project and do some expert decorating. Make a whole village!

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

Graham Crackers (at least 6 per house)

Royal Icing:

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

5 tablespoons meringue powder

1/2 cup water

1. Beat together the confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder and some of the water. Add the remaining water bit by bit until a stiff icing forms.

2. Scoop the icing into a large ziploc bag or pastry bag and pipe together the gingerbread house as seen here. Allow it to set overnight. Decorate with icing and candy!

Check out more tips on building a gingerbread house with your kids!

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Easy Graham Cracker "Gingerbread" Houses for Kids

  1. anna says:

    How are the kids going to get the houses home? I was planning on doing the same thing for my daughter’s class. Someone suggested cellafane wrap.

  2. Bex says:

    Anna – My daughters make these every year at school and we’ve found that you want them to be sturdy enough to survive the bus ride home! Use frosting to glue the house to a large, sturdy disposable plate or cardboard covered in tin foil.
    Have fun!!

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