When we wrote about homemade gingerbread houses this morning, we hadn't yet spotted these. But this is the short-cut version we were talking about—graham crackers propped up with royal icing rather than from-scratch sheet cookies. And they are even easier to make than the milk carton houses we used to do (plus, the chocolate grahams for a Tudor-style roof are just genius). More info below...
Martha's instructions don't even call for milk cartons to create the shape. You simply use a spice jar to keep the graham crackers from falling over while you ice them into place. And while we know kids love all the bright colored candies used to decorate (and, of course, snack on), these "cookie cottages" are a little more rustic and natural looking. One has frosted wheat cereal as snow-covered roof shingles. And do you see the "logs" piled up next to the Tudor cottage? Little pirouline rolls- too cute.
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