Easy No Bake Gingerbread House – a simple way to make a “gingerbread” house using graham crackers and nuts. It’s the perfect holiday activity for the kids and best of all, no baking required! Plus a short video.
You might remember that my insanely enthusiastic husband puts up our Christmas tree every year immediately after Halloween. In the past, I’ve always tried to tell him to hold back but now that we have two little ones who squeal with excitement every time we turn on the Christmas lights, I have learned to just go with the flow.
Another holiday activitiy we look forward to every year is building a gingerbread house. It’s one of our favorites and the kiddos always have a blast.
This year instead of going the traditional route with a homemade gingerbread dough and candy, we decided to use graham crackers for an easier no-bake version.
And as a healthier option, we decorated the house with an assortment of nuts from Diamond of California since we love the quality and the variety they have.
To assemble this No Bake Gingerbread House, you’ll want something that dries hard, so we used royal icing to ensure that the house would remain stable.
I usually like to use meringue powder when I’m making royal icing instead of egg whites which you can find at your local craft store or online. It’s a dry powder that helps your frosting to harden and glue like cement.
Once you finish building the gingerbread house, set it aside for a few hours so that the icing can set.
When you’re ready to decorate, set out the nuts into individual bowls and have a plastic piping bag or sandwich bag of royal icing ready to go.
We started off by gluing the bottom of the house to a round cake circle.
Then we started adding sliced almonds as the walls for the front and back of the house, pretzel squares for the windows, a dried cranberry for the circle window and pretzel sticks for the door.
For the roof, I used a combination of chopped walnuts and whole almonds to create the shingles.
The Christmas “lights” were created by alternating green peas and dried cranberries along the edge of the roof and I lined the corners of the house with pretzle sticks and the bottom sides of the house with pecans.
I used pine nuts to create the walkway and lined it with pistachios. Diced walnuts were spread out to create the lawn along with crushed roasted green peas.
I made a pine tree using pistachios and frosting and lined the the front of the house with macadamia stones and made a cashew rock boulder along with a cashew lawn border.
For an extra fun touch, I added some gingerbread fondant men and sprinkled some powdered sugar for the snow.
The kids and I had a blast making this gingerbread house and watching it come to life using nuts.
Part of the fun of making gingerbread houses is getting to munch on the decorations during the process. And since we used mostly nuts, I had no problem with the kiddos sneaking in bites here and there.
This no bake gingerbread house makes it easier to enjoy a fun afternoon activity with the family during the holidays.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Diamond of California. All opinions are 100% my own.
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