Happy Holidays – “Gingerbread” Houses

Just wanted to get in one more post before I head out to California. But don’t worry, after a week in CA, I’ll be back with lots more delicious baked goods (many of which will probably go against some of your New Year’s resolutions, but oh well).

This past week, I have been squeezing in a few of my favorite holiday traditions—ice skating in the sculpture garden, watching Christmas movie after Christmas movie, eating lots of holiday cookies, and making gingerbread houses!

While many of you may imagine gingerbread houses made with, you know, actual gingerbread, I’m here to show you my version. It’s called graham crackers. YES. It’s cheaper, easier to buy, and well just really awesome. This is how I grew up doing it, and I’ve kept the tradition alive in DC. This year, my two awesome friends, Kelsey and Colleen, hosted the party. Between the amazing quesadillas and the 20 bowls of candy, it was pretty fantastic.

This is how my house turned out:

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For any of you who want to make your own at home, I’ve included the recipe below for frosting, and a list of some of our favorite candy. And come on, I know you’re looking at mine thinking, “Wow, I could never do that!” I’m here to tell you, yes you can – just use the gumdrops. Great structural design.

Frosting Recipe (per person):

2 large egg whites

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons of water
3.5-4 cups of powdered sugar

Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and water on high in an electric mixer with the whisk attachment. Then slowly add the powdered sugar. Once done, pour into a Ziploc bag and store over night in the fridge to harden. When you’re ready to decorate your house, place the bag into another Ziploc bag (they get messy), and cut a very small hole in one corner so you can squeeze the frosting out.

Other supplies:
Cardboard covered with foil
Graham crackers (you’ll want to pre-cut two edge pieces for each person, these are the ones with a triangle on top)
Skittles
Starbursts
Gummi Bears
Cocounut
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
The skinny pretzels
Gum drops
Twizzlers
Nilla Wafers
Mini Candy Canes

Happy holidays folks. Be back after New Years!

-Amelia

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