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)
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!
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