This year's gingerbread/graham cracker house making tradition was kind of a bust. The kids had lots of fun, but the grownups just weren't into it. The royal icing didn't want to get stiff enough, which resulted in a couple of houses imploding. Finally, on the third try we got a good batch and the girls were able to finish their houses.
Avery with her finished house. Her's turned out the best this year. The roof is covered with Smarties.
For those of you who would like to give this a try here are the ingredients and instructions.
cardboard squares covered with foil for sturdy bases
assorted candy such as twizzlers, tiny size chiclets for walkways and christmas lights along roof lines, fruit stripe gum for window shutters, peppermints, kisses, m&ms, Hershey bars for doors, yellow fruit roll-ups for windows and blue ones for ponds
We use leftover Halloween candy, coconut for snow, marshmellows for snowmen, anything you can think of.
Morgan's first house collapsed, but after we got the icing recipe right she built another one. It is quite cute.
Makes 3 cups
3 large egg whites
5 cups of confectioner's sugar
In mixer beat egg whites on low until frothy. Beat in 1/4 cup of sugar. Add remaining sugar and beat on high until mixture holds a peak and is very thick. 5-10 minutes. (if the icing is not very very thick and dry add more sugar and beat well)