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Graham Cracker Christmas House

This is a great project for the kids to make at Christmas. I just love the ease of using Graham crackers to make this adorable little house. Please watch the video first to see the pieces and how they fit like a puzzle to make the instructions easier.












Antonio is 3 years old and got to make his first graham cracker house with Grandma. I just love the memories this instills in a child. I did this with my nieces over 40 years ago now. What a blessing to still be here to do it with my grandchildren.




Antonio is very proud of his house for his first time and I couldn't be more proud!  Great job Antonio!!! 






Directions:

powdered sugar
water
2 packs graham crackers sleeves ( I use cinnamon crackers, I love the aroma!
Assorted candy: 
I found most at a local dollar store. Look for small candies that are red and green. I used small chocolate rolls for the log cabin effect. Red and green chocolate covered nuts, candy canes, chocolate bars cut for doors and windows, red hots

Cookies can be used for a wreath, red hot candies, gum drops, jelly beans look like Christmas lights. Get creative!

Add the sheet of wax paper to your cutting board surface so it will be easier to lift off later on top of full crackers for your foundation.
First you will need two full graham crackers and check out the video to see the cuts at a 45 degree angle to make a pitch , for the front and back. You will have two crackers with a pointed top for each side.
Break one full cracker in half. Those will be the sides.
For the roof, cut 1 inch off each whole cracker at the top ( you need 2). 
You are ready to assemble.



In a medium bowl add around 3 cups of powdered sugar. Add hot water by the teaspoon to make a very very thick paste, so thick you can roll a ball with it.

Take the glue and start smearing it on to assemble the house gluing the sides together all four pieces, waiting 3 to 4 minutes in between to add another piece. Then wait at least 10 minutes to dry before adding the roof last.  I usually let it dry around 2 hours before adding any candy. To keep the glue from drying out add a wet towel over the bowl.

Once the house is assembled, I place  4 or more whole graham crackers on the surface of whatever platform I use with a little frosting glue on the bottom, then the crackers to hold in place Add the house on top and start decorating. Use frosting in between and cracks or fill it in wherever you want it to look like snow.

Let it dry, if things slide make sure the frosting is thick and just move it back in place and hold it a few minutes to adhere. You are welcome to make royal icing which has egg whites in it, but I am not of fan of it so I just use a little water and powdered sugar.

Tips: cut on the diagonal with a serated knife with a sawing motion using a cutting board. Make sure you have wax paper on the bottom of whatever platform you use and don't forget to adhere that with frosting glue so it doesn't move. Be patient to let dry a few minutes in between gluing each piece.

Enjoy making memories with your little ones out there!

Almond Paste Butter Crescent Cookies


These buttery almond butter crescent cookies can be shaped to whatever you like! The dough is delicious and perfect for shaping anything you like!





You can dip them in dark or white chocolate then into colored almonds or sprinkles of choice


A delicate buttery almond flavored cookie that's great with tea or coffee



The dough is so versatile you can make it into any shape you like! Easy to handle


I used melted bitter sweet chocolate



If you buy sliced almonds they are easy to dye just by adding to the food processor around 3 drops for each batch or you can shake in a zip lock bag!
Almond Paste Butter Crescent Cookies

1 cup butter softened but not melted
1 cup sugar
1 egg
8 ounces almond paste cut up
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
food coloring
2 cups sliced almonds divided 

Garnish use any or all : melted bitter sweet chocolate, melted white chocolate, jimmies, colored sugars, dyed almonds ( for almond ground them in the food processor with a few drops of green or red food coloring and pulse till desired coarseness, I made both colors)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease.

Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the almond paste, vanilla, egg until well blended. Slowly add the flour, baking powder and salt until smooth.

You can now make crescent shapes, wreaths, candy canes or any other shapes you desire.

Dye the almonds 1 cup of red 1 cup of green. I put mine in the food processor with 3 drops of coloring. Place in a bowl and set aside.

Bake for 13 minutes or until edges begin to get golden brown.

Melt the chocolate and set aside until cookies are cooled completely.

Dip each cookie end in melted chocolate, then in red crushed almonds on one side and green crushed almonds on the other or use colored candies of your choice. Place on wax paper and let dry for at least and hour. 

Note: you can color the dough and make candy canes, wreaths or whatever you like. The dough is very delicious and easy to work with.

Here some tips to make in expensive almond paste and more!

Colored Sugars For Cookies and Decorating Instructions
Make Your Own Cake Flour Recipe
Make Your Own Baking Powder
Self Rising Flour Do it yourself!
Make Your Own Lemon Extract






Almond Paste Crescent Cookies

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:


  • Almond Paste Butter Crescent Cookies

    1 cup butter softened but not melted
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg
    8 ounces almond paste cut up
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    food coloring
    2 cups sliced almonds divided

instructions:


  1. Garnish use any or all : melted bitter sweet chocolate, melted white chocolate, jimmies, colored sugars, dyed almonds ( for almond ground them in the food processor with a few drops of green or red food coloring and pulse till desired coarseness, I made both colors)

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease.

    Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the almond paste, vanilla, egg until well blended. Slowly add the flour, baking powder and salt until smooth.

    You can now make crescent shapes, wreaths, candy canes or any other shapes you desire.

    Dye the almonds 1 cup of red 1 cup of green. I put mine in the food processor with 3 drops of coloring. Place in a bowl and set aside.

    Bake for 13 minutes or until edges begin to get golden brown.

    Melt the chocolate and set aside until cookies are cooled completely.

    Dip each cookie end in melted chocolate, then in red crushed almonds on one side and green crushed almonds on the other or use colored candies of your choice. Place on wax paper and let dry for at least and hour. 
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Bacon Sour Cream Cheese Potato Casserole Recipe


Yes everything is better with bacon. This bacon sour cream cheese potato casserole goes great with any meal or even as a dip!




Calling all potato lovers! This one is rich in flavors and calories but oh so good for a special dinner! 

Bacon Sour Cream Cheese Potato 
Casserole Recipe

4 boiled potatoes
extra crispy cooked bacon
1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup for garnish
1 cup or more sour cream
dried parsley flakes
granulated garlic
salt, pepper to taste
whole milk or cream if needed

Boil potatoes whole till soft, remove skins. Slightly mash in a deep serving bowl.

Add the sour cream, cheese, salt, pepper to taste folding in gently leaving lumps. If too thick add milk or some cream.

Sprinkle the top with bacon and remaining cheese for garnish. Bake this on 350 until cheese melts or microwave until potatoes are hot.


Bacon Sour Cream Cheese Potato Casserole Recipe

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:


  • 4 boiled potatoes
    extra crispy cooked bacon
    1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup for garnish
    1 cup or more sour cream
    dried parsley flakes
    granulated garlic
    salt, pepper to taste
    whole milk or cream if needed

instructions:


  1. Boil potatoes whole till soft, remove skins. Slightly mash in a deep serving bowl.

    Add the sour cream, cheese, salt, pepper to taste folding in gently leaving lumps. If too thick add milk or some cream.

    Sprinkle the top with bacon and remaining cheese for garnish. Bake this on 350 until cheese melts or microwave until potatoes are hot.
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