As I’m not much of a baker, I always feel a bit left out of all the baking and cookie making going on at this time of year. I don’t want to be a Grinch nor do I want to subject innocent, unsuspecting people to my novice baking. Thankfully, there’s no baking involved in making a graham cracker gingerbread house.
While most store-bought graham crackers contain honey, Nabisco Original Graham Crackers (in the red box) are vegan. For the frosting glue, you can use caramelized sugar or vegan royal icing. I went with the royal icing, that stuff works just like cement.
Using a sharp serrated knife, gently saw off the top corners of two graham cracker sheets for the gable sides. Saw two more sheets in half for the square sides and roof. Have plenty of extra graham crackers handy in case of breakage.
Pipe icing onto the bottom and side of a square piece. Place on a piece of cardboard or an upside-down paper plate. Use a small jar to prop it up while gluing down the next piece. Pipe icing onto the bottom of a gable piece and attach to the square piece.
Remove the small jar and attach the other sides with icing. Make sure the gable pieces are directly across from each other.
For the roof shingles, split a mini oreo, and scrape off the filling. Attach it with icing to a square graham cracker. Repeat in a tile patten and let the pieces dry before attaching to the rest of the house with icing.
To make a door, cut a sheet in half and then in half again and attach with icing. Add other assorted decorative candy as desired. I used a strip of seaweed for the walkway and sprinkled shredded coconut around for the snow. Lastly, dust with powdered sugar over the top of the house for an extra festive look.
Vegan Royal Icing
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
Stir together the sugar and water until smooth. Add the corn syrup and stir until the icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more syrup. To use, fill a resealable plastic bag and snip off a tiny bit of a corner.