I love this time of year. The Christmas lights are going up, shopping for presents, it’s just a wonderful time of year. I’ve got a four year old, and she loves the holidays. She loves to bake with mommy and daddy and most of all decorate. So when I asked her if she wanted to make a gingerbread house, her eyes lite up wide and immediately responded, “but we don’t have candy to decorate!”
I smiled and we ran to Walmart to grab a few different types of candy. But like most busy moms and dads, who has time to bake, from scratch ginger bread?! So instead, I grabbed some Honey Maid Graham Crackers. Instead of a ‘pure’ gingerbread house, we’re going to be making a Gingerbread Graham Cracker House!
I took a serrated bread knife and slowly went back and forth to create the four walls and the chimney. Hannah especially liked the chimney; she said the house had to have one for SANTA! Of course it did! Your little ones always make you smile.
I used some Skippy Peanut Butter, added a little powdered sugar and milk to make some stiff icing and it became the glue. I love using a peanut butter icing as the glue for Graham Cracker Houses because it blends in! It makes the final product look a little bit better, the only down side is that sometimes it doesn’t set as strongly as a regular white butter cream or royal icing.
Hannah helped me every step of the way, I finished putting the house together and while we were waiting for the house to fully setup (you’ll need about 45-60 minutes) I through together some graham cracker chocolate chip cookies! What is that you say….graham cracker chocolate chip cookies? Well, to step it up a notch, I substituted crushed graham crackers for flour!! It gave the cookies something extra. Once out of the over I made a simple chocolate icing to go on top of the cookies.
I did it two different ways, the first batch I let the cookies cool and then added the icing. This made the presentation of the cookie very pretty. The icing was smooth on top and I just added sprinkles and bam. The second batch, my little one was hurrying me, so I didn’t wait for the cookies to cool. The icing melted INTO the cookies and while it wasn’t the prettiest looking cookie, it tasted AMAZING.
As you can see, it’s mouthwatering. When the cookies were all decorated, Hannah and I decorated the Gingerbread Graham Cracker House. Now I could have done it myself, a little better and taken pictures, but I for this post, I wanted an imperfect house. Hannah wanted to decorate and while I helped (a little) it was almost all her! She enjoyed every minute and we made memories over a graham cracker house.
- 8 graham crackers crushed (1 cup)
- 1¼ cup of all purpose flour
- ⅔ cup of granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup of brown sugar
- ½ tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 2 sticks of butter - softened
- 2 eggs
- 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- ½ stick of butter
- ¼ cup of cocoa powder (we used dark chocolate)
- ¼-1/2 cup of water (the more you use the thinner it will be)