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Make a Mini Gingerbread House

Here is a cute edible center piece that’s fun to make and helps you hone your construction and cake decorating skills at the same time.  Using 6 graham cracker squares, fluffy white frosting and candies that wont melt or decay with time,  you can put together these charming little gingerbread houses and use them as a centerpiece or give them away as gifts.  

Fill a plastic sandwich bag with a dollop of frosting, snip 1/8th of and inch off the corner and pipe out the glue for the joints.  Once you have a box, you’re ready for the roof.  Accurate measurements  and clean-cut edges are going to make the house much more sturdy.   So with the roof, you want the crackers laying on their side rather than upright like crackers comprising the walls.   You will need to cut the front and back of the roof by holding the crackers as they will lay, tracing a line scored with a serrated knife scoring the cracker deeply until it breaks off in a nice neat line.  You may have to scrape off uneven places until they become smooth enough for joints that meet at right angles.  Your accurate “carpentry” will assure a stable building.  Use the first triangle as a template for the second…one for the front and one for the back.  

Make sure they are identical and that they will fit between the roof slopes perfectly.  Use the frosting to attach the slopes to the back triangle.  Then surround the outside of the front  triangle with frosting and wedge it between the slopes.  Now pipe some more frosting around the top perimeter of the walls and gently place the roof on top.

Now the fun begins!  Break out the candy and start glueing it on.  Be sure and use candy that won’t melt or deteriorate over time.  The harder the better.  Juju bees roof shingles , candy cane doors, Starburst windows…you do the creating now.  I use the icing to attach little icicles all around, hanging from the roof, the eaves and lintels. 

Decorate them with as much or as little detail as you like.  The older kids will enjoy constructing these.  It’s not as easy for the smaller without help, but they will love the sweetness of it.






3 responses

  1. Oh… I love these! As a kindergarten teacher, I always made them with my class, each would build their own and then we’d put them together to make a little town with roads, etc. It’s just the best idea!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

    • Thank you! I’ve seen them done with icing glueing them tomilk cartons as a support structure. That’s a much easier way for the younger ones to manage. What fun to make a whole town of them. I love that! I bet it was just darling.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

  2. These little gingerbread houses are very sweet almost too cute to eat. Let me know how long it takes for you to break down and start eating the candy off the roofs. Take Care

    December 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

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