I love Christmas. I love everything about Christmas (ok maybe not the shopping centres), but I love everything else. I love the magic it brings into homes, from setting up the Christmas tree, to baking, to doing Christmas crafts with my kids. Christmas is an amazing time of year; especially when it comes to creating childhood memories.
I remember growing up in Canada, we would make these tiny Christmas gingerbread houses, but we would use graham crackers vs gingerbread and our classroom would have so much fun. We would laugh, giggle, stuff our faces with candy/lollies and listen to Christmas music; it rocked!
Now that I live in Australia, I’m not able to get graham crackers at the super markets, but I have been able to get my hands on some cookies/biscuits and have created my own version of Christmas Cookie Gingerbread Houses. These gingerbread houses are super simple to make, super inexpensive and super fun.
How to Make Your Christmas Cookie Gingerbread Houses
As I mentioned above, to make these cute cookie gingerbread houses takes no time at all. So pop on the Christmas music and start getting your creativity and memory making on.
- 2 cups or 250 grams of icing sugar
- 2 tbsp of milk (start by using one tbsp and then slowly add a little bit more of the other tbsp)
- 2 packages of the Nice cookies/biscuits from Arnott’s (Cole’s and Woolworth’s also have their own brand that is slightly cheaper)
- Variety of candy/lollies
Step 1 Prepare the icing – Mix icing sugar and milk (a little at a time) in a bowl until everything is mixed together. It should look like a thick paste, if it’s to runny you’ll need to slowly add more icing sugar. I prefer to split the icing into 2 bowls so that Finlee (my 7 year old) and Chloe (my 3 year old) each of their own bowl, which means less fighting.
Step 2 Prepare the cookies/biscuits and candy/lollies – Pop all cookies/biscuits and also the candy/lollies into a tray so that it’s easily accessible for the kids to reach.
Step 3 – Build the base of the house – Have the kids take a knife and start to spread a little bit of icing onto 2 cookies/biscuits. Once they’ve placed icing on both cookies/biscuits have them place one biscuit on top of the other and set aside. Repeat this process until you have a total of 12 bases.
Step 4 – Build the roof tops – Now it’s time to decorate the roof tops. I find decorating the roof tops before the house is constructed works best. Have your kids decorate the roof tops and let try for 30 minutes before constructing the house.
Step 5 Construct the gingerbread houses – take one of the roof top pieces and spread the icing mixture on the long sides of the house and repeat. Once you have icing on both roof tops, attach to the base of the house and hold for 15-20 seconds.
Step 6 Enjoy the moment – Take a minute and be sure to embrace this moment. Talk with your kids about their gingerbread houses and what they like about it and why. Get your camera out and take photos so that you can talk about this for years to come.
Would your kids love these?
Have you ever made them before?
Love to all,
Angela xx from Finlee and Me
Angela is an author, entrepreneur, blogger, mental health clinician and most importantly a mother. She explores various topics related to parenting/children on her blog and also in her three books: 30 Days, 30 Ways for Mothers to Take Care of Themselves, 30 Days, 30 Ways for Connecting with Your Child and Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and her website Finlee and Me.