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Tis the season for holiday sweets and treats! Gingerbread houses are one of those Christmas traditions that I look forward to every year. However, I’m not a fan of spending hours in the kitchen making the actual gingerbread. So this year I decided to try something new and make a graham cracker house that would save me time, effort and lots of aggravation during this busy holiday season!
Even better, I was sent a very generous assortment of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® products that I could use to decorate my graham cracker house.
I was surprised at how easy and quick it was to make my graham cracker house and decorate with different types of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® items. Here’s how I did it:
2 packages of graham crackers
1 can of white frosting (any type, I used a whipped variety for mine)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Assortment of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® holiday products
Christmas themed/colored sprinkles
Large plate or tray
Resealable plastic freezer bags (large & small)
- Start by prepping your frosting.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar to about 1 cup of frosting and mix well. The cream of tartar helps the frosting harden when you secure the graham cracker walls of the house as well as your candy decorations.
- Take ¼ cup frosting and combine well with red food coloring. Put your red frosting mixture in a small resealable plastic freezer bag. You will use this to decorate after your houses are constructed. Tip: Using a regular sandwich bag is not recommended because the plastic is too thin and will not hold up to being used as a pastry bag/tube.
- Repeat the above step, except using green food coloring.
- Place the remaining white frosting in a large resealable plastic freezer bag.
- Use scissors to snip ¼” of one corner of each icing filled bag.
- Squeeze the icing towards the snipped corner and use the icing as the glue to build your graham cracker house.
- Next, count out six whole, uncracked, unseparated and unbroken graham crackers. Set four of them aside, you’ll use those for the two long sides and the roof of the house.
- Take the two remaining cracker sheets and form gabled end pieces.
- Start from the center line of the short end of the cracker and at an angle; gently use a serrated knife to create a slant from the center line to the edge. Do the same on the other side, using the cut triangular piece as a guide.
- Repeat this process on the second graham cracker sheet.
- Next take your white icing tube and squeeze icing in a line along the straight edge of a gabled end piece and along the edge of the flat side of the short end of a whole graham cracker.
- Stick the iced edge of the gabled end piece to the bead of icing on the flat side of the wall cracker. The walls should hold each other up.
- Repeat on the other gabled end piece and whole graham cracker.
- Place icing on each assembled gabled pieces and attach.
- Add the roof crackers in the same way as the wall crackers, but pipe the icing on the flat of the roof, not the edges. Stick the flat of the roof to the top edges of the gabled end pieces and walls.
- Repeat to other side of house to complete roof. Add a bead of icing to join the two roof pieces together at the peak.
- Use the red and green icing tubes to draw doors, windows and paint roof tops.
- Allow the icing about 20 -30 minutes to set before handling the house again before decorating.
I actually made a little graham cracker village – with different sized houses.
After letting them all set, that’s where the real fun began – decorating!
I used three PEEPS® Marshmallow Trees to adorn the landscape of my little graham cracker village. They are green tree-shaped marshmallows, and each is decorated with red, yellow and blue garland and topped with a star.
Next came PEEPS® Marshmallow Snowmen. What winter scene would be complete without a snowman?! These little guys are adorn with a top hat and candy cane decorations that gave them a nostalgic look.
Instead of a Christmas dove, I have a PEEPS® Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chick resting peacefully on top of one of the graham cracker houses, taking in the whole holiday scene.
Then I used some MIKE AND IKE® MERRY MIX Candy to make a holiday colored footpath to one of the graham cracker houses. MIKE AND IKE candies featuring Lime, Cherry, and Holiday Punch flavors, were a great way to add a little extra flair of holiday color and extra sweetness to my little winter village.
And finally…a PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse-Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer plays center stage. He’s the sign of Santa to come – he’s just making sure everything is ready for the big guy’s arrival.
I think it turned out pretty cute, and very easy for kids to help put together, decorate and of course if your kids are like mine, snack on some PEEPS ® and PEEPS® & COMPANY treats!
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Now, to make your holiday just a little bit sweeter, PEEPS® and PEEPS® & COMPANY is going to give one lucky reader of The Harried Mom a prize pack, including five (5) full sized holiday themed goodies! All you have to do is enter below. The more options you complete, the more chances you have to win!
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Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite type of PEEPS® and PEEPS® & COMPANY treat do you like best?
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