Every year about this time, we make gingerbread houses. Now it is one of the tickets they pull out of their Advent Calendar. It is always a highlight for the kids (and my husband). We used to buy a kit but as the kids got older they each wanted to make their own house. So we moved to small houses so everyone can have their own.
I buy a few bags of candy for decorating (and eating).
I put the icing in a zip lock bag and cut a hole in one corner. Each house gets their own bag of "snow". The recipe for the snow is below.
We pass out graham crackers for each house and let the kids go to town. How cute, little sister is helping big sis with her house. I just love how helpful these two girls are.
And here is big brother working on his creation. The glue works really well, you don't have to hold it long before it sets up a little. The kids had a really easy time working with it.
And here are our finished houses. Some cute houses there, and my chalkboard runner is the perfect place to display them. I think these houses have already been nibbled on, so it is a good thing I got pictures before they were turned to rubble. The other perk of making your own is getting to eat them. The kits never tasted that good so it just sat on the counter for weeks as candy was picked off. These will be eaten within the next few days.
Now for the recipe:
3 egg whites - at room temp
1lb (3 1/2 cups) of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed for 7-10 minutes or until mixture is very stiff. Store in a sealed container.
It makes about 2 cups
We made 4 houses and had plenty left over. It was super easy and tastes pretty good too.
Do you make gingerbread houses? Do you use a kit or make your own?
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