Tag Archives: icing

Gingerbread Houses for Kids

Kids love to get involved in the kitchen and definitely like to help decorate for Christmas.  I was planning on making a real gingerbread house, but ran out of time.  This project turned out to be real hit with my kids: ages 5, 3 & 1.  Each kid had made their own house.  The two older kids could do most of the work with little assistance from me and we tried two different construction techniques.  For my 1-year-old, I made the structure and she helped decorate the house and ate a few M&Ms along the way.  The best part is that I had all of the ingredients in my pantry.  Think about what you have and get creative!

graham cracker gingerbread houses

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Ingredients

royal icing (combine 1 egg white, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/2 box confectioner’s sugar until the consistency of peanut butter)

zip lock bags to pipe the icing

1 box graham crackers

mini pretzel sticks

mini M&Ms

Life Cereal

Cheerios Cereal

marshmallows

Cut the graham crackers to the size and shape house that you want to construct.  My 5-year-old was patient enough to be able pipe icing along the edges of the graham crackers to hold the walls to the floor and then the roof to the walls.

House using milk carton

To construct my 3 year old’s house, we used a small milk carton and cut the top off.  This way she could easily spread some icing on the carton to make the graham cracker walls to stick.  To fill in the gaps at the corners, we applied mini pretzel sticks.

Gingerbread - Cereal Roof Tiles

The kids had a lot of fun decorating the houses with cereal, candy and pretzels.

Gingerbread - Oat Cereal Roofing

Even my 1-year-old enjoyed squeezing a bag of icing and placing mini M&Ms on the roof.  She got a kick out of Santa and Mrs. Clause standing at the door.  I flipped through the holiday ads that came in my Sunday newspaper to find the perfect size Santa, Snowman and Gingerbread Man.  I glued the image to a piece of the cardboard milk carton and the kids were easily able to use icing to adhere the image to the doorway of their houses.

Slanted Roof Gingerbread House

The houses were the perfect size to sit on my kitchen window sill.  A perfect place to display them and decorate our kitchen!

Gingerbread House - windowsill

We even constructed a chimney and placed some pieces of marshmallow for smoke.  I helped by piping some icing along the roof of the house to make icicles.

Gingerbread House - windowsill decor

Hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed with your kids!

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Egg Nog Cookies

Someone stole the cookies from the cookie jar!  I am pretty sure it is my husband.  I just made this batch three days ago and they are gone.  So I guess this means that they taste good.  Even though there is egg nog in the cookie dough, the real flavor of egg nog is in the icing.

Egg Nog Cookies

Egg Nog Cookie Dough

1 C Egg Nog

1 C margarine

1 C sugar

1 large egg

3 1/4 C all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Egg Nog Icing

1 1/2 C confectioners sugar

3 TB Egg Nog

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease cookie sheets.

Cream the margarine and sugar together until smooth.  Stir in the egg and egg nog.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture until well blended.

Drop round spoonfuls of dough onto prepared cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooing rack.

In a small bowl, stir the confectioners sugar with the egg nog together until the desire consistency is reached.  Spread onto cooled cookies and let dry.