Monday, December 21, 2009

Magic Marker Monday: Graham Cracker House

This is a family tradition dating back to the 1970's when I was in second grade. My teacher, Mrs. West, taught us all how to make a Graham Cracker House. We used our individual milk carton from school lunch as the base, graham crackers for the walls, Royal Icing as the edible glue and lots of candy to decorate.

Over the years with the help of a carpenter husband, the house has grown in size and intricacy. One year, the roof made from Big Red gum, looked like slate. Now with the kids involved, we make the building and the kids decorate.

For the past two years, we have had a Graham Cracker House Building Party and several families from the neighborhood join us. Each family brings their own house setup and we all share the candy we bring. It's a lot of fun!

Directions
• Approx a 12” x 12” cardboard or baking pan covered tightly in tin foil. This will serve as the platform for the house. If you use a baking pan, make sure it is not one you will need soon.

• A cardboard foundation for the house such as individual juice boxes (taped together), box from snacks, cut off the bottom of a ½ gallon OJ or milk carton. This will determine the size of your house. I recommend small for your first one.

• One-two boxes (depending on how big you want to make it) of honey graham crackers – any brand.

• Tape the foundation firmly to the cardboard.


Recommended Candy
• Mini marshmallows
• Tootsie Rolls
• Green leaf candy
• Gum drops, assorted colors
• Red & White Peppermint candies
• Mini candy canes
• M&M’s
• Twizzlers
• Skittles
• Chewing gum – Big Red
• Neccos
• Red Hots
• Chocolate sprinkles
• Rainbow sprinkles

Royal Icing Recipe (The edible glue)
• 3 egg whites - frothy
• 1 lb confectioner's sugar - about 4 cups
• Sift with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
• Add together
• Beat 5-10 minutes until right consistency

Keep covered with a wet paper towel so it does not dry out. It can dry out quickly so make icing just before using. To use, put in a small plastic baggie with a small hole cut in the corner, then use like a pastry bag to let the icing out.

Enjoy!

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3 comments:

  1. That looks like so much fun! My neighbor made us a base house a couple of years ago. She actually invited us to a decorating party but Jack was sick and we couldn't go. She brought the house over for us to decorate complete with all the candy and a tub of icing. It was fun. Jack actually just kind of played around while I did it and then tried to eat the house. :) I did a post about here (http://allaccesspasstojack.blogspot.com/2007/12/gingerbread-house.html) if you want to check it out.
    We might need to do a graham cracker house some time after the holidays. Who says they are only for Christmas, right?

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  2. That is soooo cute ...I think I'd better check my blood sugar!!! Where do you find the time???
    Kisses Rog
    Have a VERY MERRY XXX

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  3. These turned out so great! We didn't get around to gingerbread houses this year, but your photos are making me wish I had :) Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

    ~Michelle @ 5MFSN

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