Graham Cracker Houses

Instead of gingerbread houses – which are way too much work with kids – we make graham cracker houses.

We invite a bunch of friends over and make graham cracker houses. I usually build a bunch of houses the morning before the party so they’re dry and ready for candy when the kids arrive.


Graham crackers
Powdered Sugar
Candy or other toppings of your choice

Small candy’s are best. Red hots, mini pretzels, mini candy canes, grated coconut, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.

For the icing/cement I mix two cups of powdered sugar, and 1 Tbsp of water. Add more powdered sugar or water as needed to get a thick spreading consistency. I like to put my icing in a plastic sandwich bag, cut a tiny hole in one corner, and then pipe the icing out. The kids prefer to mix it in a bowl and then use a spoon to spread the icing everywhere – including their houses.

Graham cracker houses are really easy, and a great holiday party idea if you have kids (or if you just like playing with candy and icing)

Here’s my house.

Side of my house

One of the kids houses. It looks like a tent to me. They made many other houses as well. The party is always so much fun. Just warn parents ahead of time that there will be lots and lots of sugar! I always make a couple crockpots of chili and meat balls so there is protein to balance out some of the sugar.

And, a melting house. This batch of icing was a tad thin and ended up slipping but I think it looks pretty cool!

And, as a plus, these houses are just as much fun to eat as they are to make!

21 Replies to “Graham Cracker Houses”

  1. I’m that mean mommy who doesn’t let her kids eat candy. We make lots of houses with craft materials but none with candy. I’m still trying to find a way to invent a healthy version that my kids will be happy to make and to eat 🙁

    1. Well, that is the nice thing about the party. We have all their friends over, they run around and eat candy all night, and then basically can’t stay awake by the time everyone leaves. IT works out great!

  2. I think this is much better than gingerbread houses especially in the humidity where I live. Every time we make one, the gingerbread becomes very moist and the house starts to warp. Crackers here I come!

  3. Graham cracker houses are so much easier than gingerbread cut-out houses. Those never turn out for me! And gotta say, I’m loving the little tent house! Looks like your kiddos has a lot of fun.

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