How To Make A No Bake Cookie And Candy House: Great For Kid's Birthday Parties: Instructions With Photos

The Finished Cookie And Candy House

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These are instructions for making a No Bake Cookie and Candy House. This house can be used to decorate for all occasions.This is a really fun project to do that uses cookies and candies to decorate a house that you make out of Foam Core. I use the same house each year to make a Gingerbread House, but this year I am making a No Bake Cookie and Candy House. If you construct the house using this foam core board, it will be sturdy enough to save for years to come. You can also make a house out of a small mailing box.

Supplies You Will Need To Build The House

This is what you will need to build your house:

1 sheet of Foam Core Board. This usually comes in a sheet 40 X 30 inches. Any craft shop will have this.

A ruler

A sharp utility knife

Clear packing tape

Aluminum Foil

You will need a base for your house. I used a cover for a large plastic storage box I had. This way you can move the house around without destroying it, and you can build a yard with trees, walkway, etc. You can also buy a piece of Styrofoam for the base; whatever size you want.

This Plastic Lid Will Be The Base For My House

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Base Has Been Covered With Aluminum Foil

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Cut The Pieces For House From The Foam Core Board

To prepare the house:

Cut 2 rectangles from Foam Core Board; each one 6 inches X 10 inches. These will be the 2 sides of the house.

Cut 2 pieces from the Foam Core Board: Each one 8 inches X 10 inches. These will be the 2 ends of the house.

Cut 2 pieces from the Foam Core Board: Each one 6 ½ inches X 10 inches. These will be the roof of the house.

Attach the pieces of the house using the clear packing tape.

The Front and Rear Of The House, And Roof Of The House

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The Two Ends Of The House

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Cover The Entire House With Aluminum Foil

Cover the entire house with Aluminum Foil. Use the clear packing tape to hold the foil in place. The cookies and candy will be attached to the foil on the house. That way it’s easy to just peel and eat what you want directly off the house.

House Is Covered With Aluminum Foil

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Another View Of The House Covered In Aluminum Foil

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You Can Use A Small Packing Box For A House

If you don't want to go to the bother of constructing a house, use a small packing box. Just make and add a roof.

Using A Small Packing Box For A House

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The Roof Has Been Made

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The Gable Has Been Made And Attached

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Buy Cookies And Candy For The House

Now, you are ready for the fun part! I have made these houses using graham crackers, but this year I used a wafer cookie. Just go to the store and look at the different cookies and candies. Suit yourself and buy whatever you would like on the house.

Cookies And Candy For The House

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Ready To Decorate The House

I use Meringue powder for the “glue” to hold the cookies and candy on the house. I find this at the craft or grocery store. If you mix it according to the directions, it is just the right consistency for this project.

I make trees from ice cream cones. Ice the cone and sprinkle multiple colored sprinkles all over the cone.

I cover the base of the house with icing, and sprinkle coconut all over to simulate snow.

I make a front walk with M&M’s. I have had this Santa and Reindeer for years. I just bring them out each year. If you have any little decorations you’d like to use, go ahead and be creative!

Building Up The Walls

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Space Left In The House For Doors and Windows

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Icing Is Applied To The Roof

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Ginger Snaps Are Placed On The Roof

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Almost Finished With The House

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My House Is Finished!

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The Finished Cookie and Candy House

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I Finished The House In Time For Christmas!

After the goodies are eaten off the house, be sure and SAVE your house for next year. If I have the time, I will make a Gingerbread House, using that small box I made into a house. I will make Gingerbread, and using the same technique, make a Gingerbread House.

I hope you will make this cute little Cookie and Candy House and enoy it for the Holidays.

Watch a Gingerbread House being decorated

Would you like to make one of these houses?

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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Ha-ha-ha!

This was a raid of Joy!! We are kids deep inside Mary..so I just started laughing.You are getting better every day. I can see you deleting the ones that you don't like..and trying again. I see you telling your daughter to help you out. Is so funny.... you have to wash your hands...flour and all! Thanks for this piece of HOLIDAY!

LORD


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hey lord, does this mean you are going to make one of these Cookie and Candy houses? Honestly, by the time I finished making this, I had icing everywhere, even on my face! Don't ask how I got it there. It was a messy job, but it was a fun job! Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you got a "kick" out of reading it. Regards as always, Mary


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Mary, we have this mind of us..that can take us anywhere..and yes! We saw you with the icing and the mess on the table...and that bell ringing. I can try to make it...but not as good as you. Thanks again Mary!


hed 5 years ago

You didn't use gingerbread this year? Ryan is excited to try your homemade gingerbread. I told him its the best I've ever had.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent! This would also serve to keep kids busy for hours.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Awesome hub with step by step directions. Looks like you also have a fan club for the gingerbread that you make! Voted up across the board except for funny.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Ok, lord, when you make the house, I want to see a Hub about it, complete with photos, OK???? See you again soon!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi hed, if I have the time, I might do a Gingerbread House. Make some for Ryan using my recipe on the Gingerbread Men Hub. It's the same for the house. Thanks for reading.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there HBN! good to see you. Yes, I take a lot of photos, but I'm not good at them like you are! When are we going on another beautiful tour???? Thanks for the votes, too! Have a wonderful day. Regards, Mary


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Yes, Will, this will keep the kids busy for a LONG time. It's also guaranteed to make a wreck of your kitchen. I really miss having little kids to help me. I have the 16 yr. old son left at home, and he still likes to help, but there is nothing like the excitement of little ones playing in the icing! Thanks for reading how I make a Cookie and Candy House!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is an awesome tutorial Mary. Really amazing and easy to follow. Even a person doing this for the first time can make it beautiful. I may even give it a try. My son would like to help. He loves to cook. Thank you times 1,000.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Hyphenbird! Good to see you. Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment. It is a fun project to do. It isn't hard at all and it makes a nice centerpiece for the Christmas season. See you again soon, I hope.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What great easy-to-understand instructions, Mary, for a very clever Christmas cookie/candy house. I'm giving this to a neighbor who loves creating this sort of thing. She can use it for the centerpiece on her dinner table at Christmas. Will keep you posted.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi drbj, thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and for the compliment on my cookie/candy house. I'm so glad you will share it with you neighbor. Do let me know how she does with it. Building the house is the hard part, the rest if just fun! But she can save the house to be used again and again. Why don't you make one???? Goodnight.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

I had never thought of making it out of inedible materials, but why not. This is such a great and fun idea. It is so much stronger than one made with cookies too.

I live it!


5 years ago

Voted up. Looks a great idea (esp. for your grandchildren, maybe, right?)


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi homesteadbound! I don't know how you made yours with cookies that wasn't strong. If you make decorate a house made of foam core or cardboard, it will be very strong. I'm taking this cookie/candy house to Tampa this weekend for my Granddaughter's college graduation party. See you again, soon I hope.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Dear f, thanks for reading and the vote up. I appreciate that. You have been kind enough to read and comment on my Hubs before. Are you a Hubber?? I would like to read your profile. Hope you have a good evening. I look forward to seeing you again!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

This one I love and has to be bookmarked into my now mighty collection of wonderful recipes.

An up up and away without a doubt.

Take care

Eddy.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Eddy! Good to see you. Thanks for reading, and for the votes! I do hope you will try one of these Cookies/Candy houses. I know what you mean by a collection of recipes. I have bookmarked SO many. Have a wonderful day, regards as always, Mary


leann2800 5 years ago

That's very cute and looks more tasty than a lot of the kits in the stores.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi leann2800, yes it turned out pretty cute! It will be tasty cause we put candies and cookies on it that we like! Thanks for reading, and leaving me a nice comment. Regards, Mary


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

Charming! And much easier than the gingerbread version. Great thinking!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, The Dirt Farmer, thanks for reading. This cookie/candy house is so easy to do. Give it a try, it's fun! Bye for now.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Fantastic. You did a great job. The house looks yummy. I doubt I'll have the time to do this but I did bookmark it and I will consider this construction task.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Gypsy Rose Lee, Thanks for reading and the compliment on my cookie/candy house. It really doesn't take a lot of time to do; just the house is time consuming. I do hope you'll give it a try. Let me know how it turns out. Have a wonderful day.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Mary

Wow, you are one talented lady!

When it comes to these kind of things, I am creatively challenged. lol

Voted up up and away!

Have a good evening.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sueswan, good to see you. Thanks for reading my candy and cookies house. You wouldn't have any problems with this. Give it a try! Thanks for the votes, too. You have a wonderful evening, too. See you again, soon.


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Mary thank you for sharing this hub. I always make up hampers for all the houses that I send presents too. This is a stunning idea for Rebecca's family where there are 4 children and they are only the young ones lol. Net:)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, thebluestar, hope all is well in N. Ireland today. Children love these Cookie and Candy houses, my grandchildren enjoy this more than a gingerbread house cause they don't care for gingerbread, but they love candy and cookies! I made another one and I used what we call pariel for the roof. They are small cholate candies that have tiny little white candy dots sprinkled all over. That roof was gorgeous.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Oh Mary, I had missed this somehow before! I absolutely love this hub!! The finished house is wonderful, as are your photos all along the way. We have tried off and on over the years, to make houses. My older son had the most success, but for the most part we kind of know its going to be pretty hard. This makes it seem doable, more sturdy and joy along the way. So glad you shared it! Goodnight friend. :) Voted up and more.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, oceansnsunsets! So nice to see you today! Thanks for reading about making a Cookie and Candy House, and thanks for the votes! As long as you have a sturdy house, you won't have any problems. The first time I made a gingerbread house, I tried to "glue" the pieces together without a house. What a disaster! One of my kids said instead of using store bought cookies for the roof, use some home made ones instead. You can really let your imagination go wild! I hope you have a wonderful day.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I've always admired gingerbread houses but always thought they were too complex to bake. Now you've provided a wonderful alternative and just in time for Christmas. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, alocsin. Actually, gingerbread houses are not hard at all IF you have a cardboard house made like this one. You would just roll out your gingerbread and "glue" the pieces onto the house. We love to make a candy and cookie house because some people don't like gingerbread. Thanks for reading commenting, voting and the share. I do appreciate that.

Goodnight, Mary


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! This is very creative. I have made gingerbread houses before but they were all eatable. I like this one and I´ll try to make it for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I just have to say wow!!!! This is a good Christmas project that can get the kids involved as well! Thanks for sharing and I share too.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. I'm so happy you like my idea for making a no bake Cookie and Candy House. It definitely is a good project for children to get involved in making. Remember, you can use the directions for the house to make an adorable gingerbread house, too.

Thanks so much for the share, Mary


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A wonderful tutorial hub with clear instructions and helpful step by step photos. Your cookies and candy house looked amazing! This detailed hub of yours comes in handy for many who want to create no-bake dessert on time for Christmas. Rated your hub 5 stars! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Ish. I'm so happy you like my Hub on making a Christmas House. I use the same method for making a Gingerbread House by saving the house. As creative as you are, you could make one of these houses: no problem!

Thanks so much for the votes, share, and Pin! Mary


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

It sounds as though you have a lot of fun during the holidays...no matter what the holiday happens to be. Your no bake cookie and candy house looks delightful. Many up votes and will share. This is the time of year that many people will be interested in creating such an edible delight.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

It looks nice and solid, unlike some gingerbread kits I have tried to assemble. Nice tips.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good morning, Peggy W. Yes, we do have fun during the holidays. We have the little Great granddaughter who will have SO much fun trying to help with our cookies, and other baking. We really have to get busy making the Gingerbread House. I'll do a Hub about that project!

Thanks so much for the votes and the share. I appreciate that.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sherry Hewins. I have found with the store bought houses they are very difficult to put together. If you make your own house, you can have it from year to year.

I do hope you will make a cookie and candy house (or maybe a gingerbread house!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

This is great and I love the way it looks but I don't want to make one. We made one with the kids when they were young, what a mess. It's just us in the house now, no kids to enjoy it. Voted up and shared.


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shai77 4 years ago

Wow, that is beautiful and brilliant. Some great ideas... always worried those things would be harder than they looked, but you make it sound doable. Very empowering. Great job on this hub, VU & Useful!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, moonlake. I have to agree, it isn't as much to make a cookie and candy house with no kids to help make a big mess! My Great granddaughter is almost two years old this year, and she will have a great time playing in the frosting!

Thanks so much for the votes and the share. I appreciate that. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, shai77. This cookie and candy house is really not to make at all once you build the house. After that, it's all fun to do. As creative as you are, you would not have any problem making this house.

Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub, and for the votes, too. Mary


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Great alternative and I love seeing ways to reuse items. Lots of fun for the kids.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, bridalletter. You are so right: I always get my grandkids involved in making a cookie and candy house. They love doing that! I hope you will make one of these houses for Christmas. I have also made these for Birthday cakes for children. They love to eat this house, even better than a Birthday cake.


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vibesites 4 years ago from United States

Yeah, why bake when there are store-bought treats ready to be made into a Christmas house? Great activity with the kids too, just remind them not to eat all of those cookies and candies! Voted up and awesome. :)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, vibesite. My kids and grandkids just love to make a no bake Christmas House. They get the frosting all over the kitchen, but they will have wonderful memories so it's well worth the mess!

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes. I appreciate that. Mary


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karenfritz 3 years ago

How fun! We will have to try this for christmas next year. :)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi karenfritz. Yes, the no bake cookie and candy house is a lot of fun to make. I do hope you will make one of these. I also make a gingerbread house at Christmastime. Check out my Hub on that when you have some time.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, SamitaJassi. I'm so happy you like my idea for a cookie and candy house. It is fun to make and easy, too. Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

that is a lot of work but i am sure doing it for kids once a year should be ok, voted up


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple It looks like a lot of work to make a cookie and candy house, but once you start it goes pretty fast! Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes, Mary


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

how much crackers and waffers did you used?


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple Honestly, I don't know how many crackers, etc. I used. I just bought packages of them and "glued" them on the house. Thanks for reading about my no bake cookie house, Mary

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