Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Ornaments
You'll need a small cone with a small tip and bag for putting the icing on the crackers, parchment paper, a razor blade or small sharp knife for cutting the graham crackers and some ribbon for the hangers.
3 egg whites at room temperature
1 pound confection sugar (sifted)
3/4 tsp. cream of tartar
For the houses
2 boxes graham crackers
• Gum drops
• Cinnamon cake decoration
• Rainbow sprinkles
• Licorice pastels
Or any candy you like ...
For the icing, combine the sifted powdered sugar, the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl and beat on high speed for seven minutes (with standard mixer) or ten minutes with a hand mixer. Beat the mixture until vey fluffy (it will not hurt to overbeat the icing). Add more powdered sugar if the icing is a little runny. Store the icing in an airtight container at room temperature and keep the lid on when not in use. It will keep for a couple of days.
For one house, break three graham crackers in half.
Break one of the halves into two equal pieces (¼ of the whole cracker). My crackers had dotted lines dividing them into fours.
You will need one half for the bottom of the house, two quarters for the side walls, two halves for the gabled side walks and two halves for the roof.
With a razor blade or sharp knife, cut the two slanted roof halves from the vertical halfway down either side to the middle. I used a ruler.
For decorating, line two baking sheets with waxed paper. Place the icing into a decorator cone with a small ¼ inch tip. Lay a bed of icing around the bottom piece. Pipe icing around the gabled end walls, pressing them on the end walls. Pipe icing around the quarter side walls and press into the space left. Lay a bead of icing around the roof pieces and press against the house. Pipe some icing on top of the roof and on top of the ribbon.
Now it's time for the fun part — decorate it however you want!
Let the children decide and have fun.