It's Christmas. You've got kids. They want to make gingerbread houses. That's a pretty normal situation in most households at this time of year. But what if your kids have to eat gluten free? The situation just got a lot more difficult. Or did it? Nope. I've got you covered. Check out the simple solution to create a gluten free gingerbread house (or any gingerbread house) in minutes!
Simple Hacks for Amazing Gingerbread Houses
Really, all of these hacks work for any gingerbread house. We just happen to think gluten free around here. We've been making gingerbread houses the day after Thanksgiving for several years. Always, the most time consuming part is putting together the house. The crackers break, the frosting's a mess, and it takes forever. Not anymore!
Check out these tips!
Save time with graham crackers
Do you make your own gingerbread? We have in the past. We've even made gluten free gingerbread. It's nice to have the real stuff, but you can save a lot of time and energy by simply using graham crackers. For gluten free, we like Pamela's. They're super yummy!
How to cut graham crackers without breaking them
The tricky part about graham crackers is that they often break when you cut them. Not with this simple trick!
Put the graham cracker inside a damp paper towel, then put it in the microwave for about ten seconds. Now, the graham cracker is soft enough to cut without breaking it. So cool! Be sure to use a serrated knife. Don't believe me? Check out the video. Easy peasy!
Cut and Assemble Your Pieces
For a basic house, you need five crackers: Two for the roof, two for the front and back of the house (with a point cut on the top half), and one cut in half for the sides of the house. I've made a simple diagram to help you assemble the house.
How to assemble a gingerbread house in minutes
Now for the hack you've been waiting for! Quick and easy gingerbread house assembly -- here we go! What's the secret? Lean in close. Closer. Now don't tell anyone. . . . A GLUE GUN!
I know. Crazy, right? Glue the house together with hot glue, then turn it over to the kids to decorate with royal icing. If they don't like the look of the house without the white trim, they can pipe icing along the seams, and no one will ever know the difference! Except there will be one really big difference -- the house was assembled in minutes without a huge mess. That means more time to spend on decorating! Mom's happy. Kids are happy. It's a win-win.
One note I forgot to add to the video: Before you turn the house over to the kids to decorate, pull out a paper plate, and glue the house right to the plate. You'll thank me later!
Now that the easy part is complete, hand the houses over to the kids and let the decorating begin! If you want your house to be gluten free, here are some ideas for candy (be sure to check the labels because things always change!):
- mini candy canes
- starlight mints -- often the sugar free kind are gluten free
- gum drops -- check the warnings to make sure they are gluten free
- cinnamon Santas
Have fun! I hope your houses turn out fantastic! Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to check out more ideas by clicking on the images below.