No more complex store-bought kits. No more lopsided barn that was supposed to be Prince Charming's castle. Just fun with the family while constructing fanciful gingerbread houses with graham crackers, frosting, cookies, and candies of all varieties. With No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids, everyone from budding gingerbread architects to accomplished food designers can have fun with this new take on an old-favorite. Every holiday and even ordinary days can be spiced up with the graham cracker building blocks and straightforward instructions that make these creations easy and enjoyable for the whole family!
Beginning with a list of what's needed to create all of these wonderful constructions, Lisa Turner Anderson includes two recipes for Royal Icing and gives tips on how to cut and form the pieces for the sturdiest design able to last for months. Each design-plan includes a gorgeously photographed picture by Zac Williams, along with a list of materials, decorations and a step-by-step guide on construction.
- Traditional Gingerbread House
- Mermaid Palace
- Dutch Windmill
- Caribbean Bungalow
- Dracula's Castle
Lisa Turner Anderson is an avid crafter with a passion for dollhouses and miniatures. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Zac Williams is the president of Williams Visual, a production company that creates media and photography for advertising and publishing clients. He has been the principal photographer on more than 100 national books and publications, including most of Barbara Beery's Pink Princess series.
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1/3 batch white royal icing
1/3 batch purple royal icing
2/3 batch seafoam-green royal icing
29 vanilla sandwich cookies
3 sugar cones
1 To make the short tower, use white icing to glue seven sandwich cookies together in a stack. Place a sugar cone upside down on top. Repeat to make the middle tower, this time using ten sandwich cookies. Repeat again to make the tall tower, this time using twelve sandwich cookies.
2 Cover the tower tops with purple icing and the tower bottoms with seafoam-green icing. Make the windows using Smarties for the windowpanes and purple icing for the window frames.
3 Make sea anemones using sour gummy worms cut in half. Make a sea sponge using upside-down gumdrops. Make seaweed using green sour straws.
sour gummy worms
green sour straws
Meet the Author
Lisa Turner Anderson is a writer, editor, and avid crafter. She is also the author of No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids. Lisa lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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If you've ever spent hours in your kitchen around Christmas time looking depressed when the walls just collapsed on your freshly baked gingerbread house, you will smile when you browse the pages of No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids. All twenty-three of the adorable abodes from the Cozy Cabin to the Pink Castle in the Clouds are made from simple ingredients ranging from graham crackers to cookies and ice cream cones. For example, when you assemble the ultra charming Cozy Cabin (my favorite), the logs are made from those oh so delicious Pepperidge Farm Mint Chocolate Pirouette cookies. There is no baking required, but there are a few things that will have to be done by a parent or caregiver. For example, if the construction of the house calls for graham crackers, some of them need to be cut to size or "glued" together with icing to make a larger "front, back, or roof piece." A joint project, in which there will be a lot of yummy bowl scraping, will be the preparation of a "special icing called royal icing." There are recipes given for both an egg white royal icing (not recommended for eating due to the addition of raw egg whites) and a meringue powder royal icing. Naturally, most people would prefer to make the meringue powder recipe so they can get out those spoons! Additionally, each house will need a cardboard base for support and easy carrying. The author recommends a base that is at least 1' x 1' that is "covered with waxed paper or aluminum foil so the frosting doesn't seep through." Each completed gingerbread house has been photographed as a visual guide to construction. Although many appear to be quite simple, you'll need to possess a bit of artistic flair to decorate some of them. Each house has a list of ingredients you'll need, including candy decorations, and step-by-step instructions are laid out in an easy to read manner. The houses that utilize graham cracker sections have visual diagrams so you will know how to cut partial pieces. This fabulous selection of no-bake gingerbread houses will end up being a favorite holiday cookbook for years to come. Every family has its special holiday traditions and I can easily envision No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids added to the "to do" list at Christmas time. The houses are gorgeous and edible (provided you use the meringue powder icing recipe). The spiral binding will allow the reader to lay the book flat while working on a project. I loved the variety offered as the author does not assume that everyone will love something like the Cozy Cabin. For example, there is the Mermaid Palace, a gingerbread house that will appeal to those who are into anything fantasy. In the back of the book is a Metric Conversion Chart (temperature conversion, volume and weight measurements). Quill says: If you enjoy doing it up big for the holidays and would like to try your hand at some uniquely stunning gingerbread houses, No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids will amaze you!
I had never made a gingerbread house before receiving this book. We had a blast making and eating our creation. This is a great way to bond with your kids and have a good time.