Sunday, December 11, 2011

Graham Cracker "Gingerbread" Mini Houses

When doing gingerbread houses it can often be maddening to spend lots of time and effort for small children only to see your creation end in ruin. I combat this I whipped up some of these little houses for my 3 year old twins to go to town on. They are small yet sturdy and the perfect size for little kids to feel they have their own creation.

   4 whole graham crackers per mini house
   Commercial Frosting for decorating
   Cement icing
This frosting is not edible since it uses raw egg whites. I use commercial frosting to decorate so I don’t worry if my kids pull off candy to eat later.

2 egg whites
3 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, taking care not to get even a speck of egg yolk in the mixture. Beat the mixture on high speed for approximately 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Keep the bowl covered with plastic wrap until you're ready to use the icing.

   Break 2 crackers into squares to make 4 squares. Cut the 2 remaining crackers carefully with a serrated knife as shown in the picture.
   Apply the frosting around the edges of the crackers and arrange the crackers to make the mini house.
   Use the commercial frosting to apply the candy as desired to create your amazing creation. Below are the examples of my 3 year olds.

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