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How To Make Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

Updated on February 13, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.


A Gingerbread House Party

We have had a gingerbread house party the first Friday of December every year since 1995. I am not exactly sure how it got started but we have always invited the kids friends and it has always been the best party of the season!

The trick to it is to have many varieties of candy for decorating and make the gingerbread houses ahead of time so that they have had time to dry completely and are sturdy. Be sure and make a few extra houses to cover accidents...sometimes smaller kids, especially, will squeeze the houses and break them.

Have each family in attendance bring a few bags of candy so that it doesn't cost a fortune. Use foam plates to put the houses on so that the kids can take them home easily.

Have some non-sugary snacks like cheese cubes, crackers, and carrots with peanut butter to dip them in. This will help to offset the amounts of sugar going into the kids' systems from the candy! Apple cider is a good choice for a drink.

Other than that there is not much that needs to be done. The party will basically run its' self!

Note: All images on this page copyrighted (c) Marye Audet 2007. Please do not use them without written permission. Thank you.

How to cut the graham crackers if they are square.
How to cut the graham crackers if they are square.
How to cut the graham crackers if they are rectangles
How to cut the graham crackers if they are rectangles

Cutting the Crackers

Using the above pictures as a guide cut the graham crackers in the indicated shapes. The easiest way to cut them is to use a very sharp knife and use the tip to cut through the cracker. Too much pressure will cause it to crumble. Each house will require:

Square Crackers:8


Rectangles: 6

Read on the box to figure how many houses you can get from each box. Plan on at least one extra box to cover crackers that are broken in shipping or crumble when you cut them. To make 11 houses it took me 3 boxes of graham crackers.

Step 1: Glue the front, back and sides together and let dry.
Step 1: Glue the front, back and sides together and let dry.
Step i: square crackers
Step i: square crackers

Step 1: Glue the Base

For frosting "glue" you can use one of two recipes. Both seem to work equally well. I suggest the egg free recipe if you do not have access to organic eggs from someone you know. Raw egg products from unknown sources can carry food borne illness.


4 c confectioners sugar

1/4 tsp almond extract

mix in enough water to make a paste consistency.

Glue 2:

3 egg whites

6 cups confectioners sugar

1/4 tsp almond extract

water as needed to get the right consistency

Beat egg whites until foamy. Add extract and confectioners. Use water to get the right consistency.

Spread a good amount of glue on each edge of the graham crackers. Put them together as shown, gently holding for a few moments to allow the glue to begin to set.

Set bases aside for 30 minutes to dry.

Add the roof
Add the roof

Rectangular Crackers

At this point, with the houses made from rectangular crackers you will only need to add the two pieces of the roof.

Put a generous amount of frosting around the 4 edges of the first roof piece and attach it to the house at an angle, holding carefully. Do the same with the other side. Allow to sit until set.

This takes a little practice. You can do it!

Once the house is dry it is ready to be decorated.

Adding the roof platform
Adding the roof platform
Add the peaks
Add the peaks

Finishing Houses Made With Square Crackers

This is a little more complicated.

First, cover the bottom of a graham cracker with the glue and place it, glue side down, over the base of the house. Next, spread glue on the bottoms of the triangle pieces and place upright on the tops of the front and back crackers of the base.

Let dry for a few minutes. Now, carefully place the roof pieces on the roof, as for the house made with rectangular crackers. Again, this is a delicate process and it may take a time or two to get it right.

Once the house is together and has been allowed to dry for a bit, go back and cover any gaps, or any edges that are showing with the glue. Don't be afraid to use a lot of it!

Once the house is completely dry it is ready to be decorated.

Add the roof
Add the roof

Decoarating the Houses

Place the candy out in muffin tins, or muffin paper liners. I have found that this is the easiest way to keep it organized, easily usable, and separate. Place a large dollop of the glue on each plate and show the children how to put the glue on their candy and glue it to the house.

Be sure and remind them to be gentle!

Finished House
Finished House
Another finished house
Another finished house

Types of Decorations to Get

Pretzel sticks

Square "grid" pretzels

m &ms

Good and Plenty




Cinnamon Imperials

Marshmallow trees and snowmen



Necco Wafers




Candy Canes

Life Savers


Shredded Wheat

Golden Grahams

and many, many more!


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    • faythef profile image

      Faythe F. 5 years ago from USA

      How cute ..This would be a good and fun idea to do with my grand kids...thanks for sharing...

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      Steph 7 years ago

      that's the ugliest house i ever seen

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      ertweryt 8 years ago from China

      it's detailed,thanks for sharing

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      Teacher106 8 years ago from United States

      Love this!!! I could have my class make these. They would love this. I would just have to use lowfat decorations like fruit rollups, etc. to follow school policy for healthy eating. Any ideas for more lowfat decorations?

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      Jennifer 8 years ago

      This helps out s much thank you so much my sister and I are throwing this BIG Christmas with all of our friends kidsalong with our own. We where looking for easy ways tp do gingerbread houses and this is perfect. Thank you for sharing. Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

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      sushmita 9 years ago

      its so fun to do especially to kids.kip it up dud

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      Abby 9 years ago

      This is awesome

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      Carla Chadwick 9 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      This looks like a great holiday project. Thanks!

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      caspar 9 years ago from UK

      Looks great fun!

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas


      this is an easy way to do it!

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      I've always want to make a gingerbread house, and to this day I have yet to make one. :-( Maybe this year...

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      sailatha 9 years ago

      that's a great fun to do with kids!!  they just love to do such a fun.

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      Aman deep Garg 9 years ago

      Gr8 hub Keep it up.

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Gabriella- thank you!

      MrM- it is a great project to do with grandkids.

      Zsuzy- thank you!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Next time the grandchildren come, they are gingerbread house mad. Guess we will have to use a few of your suggestions

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      gabriella05 9 years ago from Oldham

      Very good work like it very much THUMBS UP