I must say, today has been the best day ever!! We had our company party today and all 50 employees got together in a huge kitchen to made ourselves a holiday dinner! (can you say AWESOME?) We divided up into 12 teams and cooked, ate, and drank wine. My team of four made stuffed mushrooms and the other teams made everything from bacon wrapped dates, mashed potatoes, green beans, pies, salad.. and so much more!
Right after we prepped our dishes and handed it off to the real cooks, we then proceeded to another room to create gingerbread houses and compete for a cash prize (which, ahem, my team won)!
This is not a recipe for gingerbread, instead you will find some tips for making a house out of the cookie. This was the first time I have ever put one together and it was SO much fun! I highly recommend it for a great bonding experience with friends or loved ones.
You can either make gingerbread houses out of gingerbread OR graham crackers! My friends and I wanted a fun activity but we didn’t feel like baking so we got some graham crackers and got creative.
When making a house out of graham crackers, we found that using cake frosting worked the best. We trial-and-errored ourselves through decorating frosting and honey, which didn’t hold up so well.
So here are some tips for making a successful gingerbread house:
1. Make a game plan beforehand and divide the tasks between people involved.
The trick is to work quickly, before the fresh frosting gets hard.
2. Put the house together first, before the detailed decorating.
I did the piping on the roofs before we put the house together. By the time everything was ready to be assembled, the frosting was hardened and kept chipping off as we held it (and those darn red vines just wouldn’t stay). I felt it would have been better if I did the decorating after.
3. For detailed work, such as the roof on this house, be sure to trade off and give your squeezing hands a rest.
My hand ached and hurt soooo much later in the night because I spent so much time squeezing on the frosting.
4. It takes 2-3 people to assemble.
We had one person caulking the sides of the cookies with frosting, one placing and holding the cookie in place and another pressing and setting the cookies together.
5. And of course, just have FUN!
Use all kinds of candy you can think of. Like a…. Christmas candy corn wreath, Fruit Stripe gum sidewalk, candy-covered pretzel gate, and gummy trees!
Even if your house falls over, there’s always cookie to eat in the end!