I've always wanted to make a gingerbread house, but never seem to have the time during the busy Holiday season. In anticipation of last Saturday's "Sips and Sweets" party, I decided to make one as a centerpiece. My time-saving secret is that this project required absolutely no baking!
Thanks to the magic of Honey Maid Gingerbread Graham Crackers and a box of Wilton Royal Icing Mix, I was able to construct this cookie cottage -- from start to finish -- in just under an hour. (I'd normally make my own royal icing from scratch, but just didn't have the time for that either this day.)
Recognize any other items used in my display?
My favorite detail: these candy critters sitting in the coconut flake snow!
A friendly little ski-capped fella welcomes visitors.
A sweet, snowy scene
Here's a list of the materials I used:
- graham crackers = house
- royal icing = glue/icicles/windows
- mini frosted shredded wheat cereal = thatched roof
- jelly ring candy = wreath
- Twizzlers Pull n' Peel candy = bow on wreath/snail antennae/mouth detail
- Jujubes candy = door knob
- Starlight peppermints = snail shells
- spice gumdrops = snail heads/little man/fence posts/star topper
- white chocolate-covered pretzels = fence rails
- rainbow nonpareils = eyes
- sugar cone = pine tree
- shredded coconut = snow
All you have to do is use a knife to "saw" the crackers into walls, roof panels and supports... and then use the royal icing to "glue" it all together! Pretty simple, huh?
Is there a Holiday craft that you'd love to try, but just can't find the time needed? How about a time-saving shortcut that you've discovered?