How to Make a Cookie House Villagecomments (7) December 15th, 2012
If making a gingerbread house seems too time consuming, try this easier graham-cracker version. You may want to make enough for a whole village!
What you'll need:
- Graham crackers (about seven per house)
- Finely serrated knife
- One batch of royal icing (see link below)
- Cookie sheet
- Pastry bag and icing tips (see note below)
- Large sheet of sturdy cardboard
- Aluminum foil
- Rubber spatula
- Assorted hard candy
A note on graham crackers: There are lots of different graham cracker brands available in stores. The ones I'm using for this project are square, with a little perforation down the middle. If your graham crackers are a different shape, you may need to experiment a bit and adapt the shape of your houses.
. . . And a note on royal icing: I like this recipe for royal icing. If you plan to eat these houses, then be sure to use powdered egg whites instead of raw ones-raw egg whites are not considered safe to eat.
So, to begin, you'll need to cut some graham crackers into shapes to construct your house. Graham crackers will cut nicely with a finely serrated knife-just use light pressure and a gentle, back-and-forth sawing motion. (And if you break a couple in the process-instant snacks!)
Begin by cutting one graham cracker in half along the perforation line. Then, place this half next to a full graham cracker, as shown. Use this half-cracker as a measuring tool to make two tiny cuts in the sides of the full graham cracker. Each cut should be placed at the top of that half-cracker.
Those little cuts, then, are your guides for cutting a peak in that whole cracker. Use the knife to cut from each mark toward the top, as shown. Cut two graham crackers like this-these are the front and back of your house.
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