This is a fun and easy activity for individuals or groups! For around five years I hosted a Gingerbread House Party for my friends. In 2012 was the first year I changed it to a Christmas Party for my piano students. Every party has been full of fun and creativity! I've seen 2-story houses, houses with pools, and even individual sprinkles used for Christmas lights.
There's really no right or wrong way to build an Easy Gingerbread House, but here are the basic steps that will get you started on your way to building a great house and a great memories!
1 pound confectioners' sugar (about 4 cups)
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
6 tablespoons warm water
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
Spoon frosting into a piping bag or zip top bag. If you leave any in the bowl, cover with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.
Have fun with picking out candy. It can be anything from leftover Halloween candy no one wants to eat to colorful Christmas candy or cereal from your pantry. These are some of my favorites: M&Ms, Mike & Ikes, Red Hots, Golden Grahams cereal.
For my piano student party I had each student bring a decorating item to share. We had a great variety and selection!
Snip a corner of your bag. This needs to be at least large enough to pipe out icing a little bigger than the diameter of a wood skewer yet smaller than a plastic straw.
Apply icing to the bottom and one side of one half of a graham cracker. Stick to the plate. Use plenty of icing! In this case...more is better! The icing will dry quickly and make everything secure.
Do the same to the second graham cracker.
Continue building, adding more icing if needed to reinforce the corners.
The walls are now built for this simple house.
Now its time to attach the gables. Use a serrated knife to cut one graham cracker square into two triangles. The gables and roof are probably the trickiest part...use steady and gentle hands!
Attach the roof piece.
Apply icing to all remaining edges for the final piece.