For the past several years, I have been buying the Christmas gingerbread house kits. I don't know that I've ever seen a kit for making Halloween houses in the store, but a few of the Halloween books that I took out from the library showed some pretty cool Halloween houses. They were made out of graham crackers and store bought canned frosting. I was EXTREMELY skeptical that canned frosting would hold the house together. Much to my surprise it actually works!
Cathy has been "retired" from the paid workforce since 1996 to raise her family which includes one husband, one third grader, one teen and one stepson. She has been cooking and baking for as far back as she can remember for her family and friends in "Cathy's Kitchen." She is excited to be able to share her recipes as well as her cooking and baking hints with other home cooks. Please feel free to comment or ask a question about her recipes or about cooking and baking in general.
I took a sandwich sized zipper lock bag, filled it with about two tablespoons of frosting, pushed it down towards one end of the bag and snipped a very small corner off. Instant decorator bag :) I found an old cookie sheet and covered it with foil to put the house on. I used four graham crackers for the base of the house putting the frosting on the edges. I then used another four crackers for the roof. Two went length wise and two went width wise. I would recommend letting it sit about 1-2 hours to dry, but if you're impatient like I was, you don't have to!
Dominic was my assistant for this experiment, he made most of the roof decorations. What I liked best about making it ourselves is how inexpensive it was. I used the Kroger brand graham crackers and frosting that was on sale :) The little pumpkins and candy corns came out of an "Autumn Mix" from Meijer. The semi-sweet chocolate morsels I already had in my pantry. The Smarties and M&M's were snitched out of our stockpile of candy that we're getting ready to hand out in a few weeks for Halloween. Let your imagination be your inspiration for how to decorate!!
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