Baking is supposed to be a labor of love and a gift that involves more love than dough (the green kind), but the truth is time is money. So if you spend two days in the kitchen on one project... well that’s a lot of resources even if it’s just your time.
If you try and buy these cute little houses they usually cost a small fortune, and if you're like me probably don't have room for more than one in your budget.
Even more for the decorated ones!
Here is a little trick my mother-in-law taught me: gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers. It’s fast, easy and cheap! My boys usually like to invite their friends over every year to decorate these little houses. Making them out of graham crackers allows me to make one for each child to decorate and then each child gets to take one home. All this with no baking! They’re still very edible, and every year it’s been a huge success!
Easy Gingerbread Houses on the Cheap!
You will need:
Candy and Icing for decorating
To make the glue, take some sugar and place it in a pan. I like to use cast iron. Place it on the stove over low-medium heat.
It takes a minute for the sugar to melt. I know there are a lot of recipes that call for you add something to the sugar. I find the best and fastest glue is just straight sugar.
Don't walk away. Although it takes a minute for the sugar to melt it can boil over fast and it is a mess to clean up. (Ask me how I know!)
I like to use the super big paper plates because the kids can use coconut to make snow and they like to make things in the yard. You only need six crackers per house.
To make an angled roof cut an already halved graham cracker in half at the diagonal. This sounds harder than it is, the trick is to use a bread knife and saw, not chop.
To begin construction dip crackers in hot sugar glue.
Use two long rectangles and two short rectangles to make the base of the house.
Once the base is glued lift the it up so that it does't stick to the paper plate. I used one plate for building then transfer to a clean plate for decorating.
Glue both triangles on and hold until cool - a few seconds.
Then it's time to glue the remaining large rectangles to the roof.
I had nine kids this year so I used little Dixie cups to make sure everyone had a little of each kind of candy.
Are We Crazy, or What?!!!!