Sunday, December 13, 2009

'Tis the Season

Ever wonder how to host a fabulous gingerbread house making party, but didn't want to deal with all the fuss of rolling out and baking dough? Then try substituting graham crackers and have your guests bring candy decorations potluck-style! Just follow these 5 easy steps to host your own party:

1. Purchase supplies to create a set-up for each one of your guests:

  • 6 whole graham crackers
  • 1 tube of royal icing (see recipe below)
  • foil cake pan or pie tin
  • small plate for holding candy
  • plastic knife for cutting candy/spreading icing
  • paper towel/napkin
  • gingerbread man favor (optional!)

2. Cut 2 of the 6 graham crackers to make the front and back of the house:

3. Make royal icing: sift 5 cups of powdered sugar, add in 3 egg whites and blend in a stand mixer until it becomes the consistency of peanut butter. (Additional powdered sugar or water may be needed to form the proper consistency). Scoop icing into decorating bags and secure with rubber bands. Each batch makes approximately 4 bags of icing.

4. Set out bowls for the candy decorations.
5. Use icing to build and decorate houses. Be creative and HAVE FUN!

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