One of the Christmas traditions my kids enjoy every year is making gingerbread houses. The recipe below is tried and true, though it can be a little challenging getting all of the pieces cut, baked, cooled, and glued together with frosting. But once the hard part is done, the kids really enjoy decorating their own custom cottages with a plethora of candies and royal icing.
There are many alternatives to gingerbread (if you want to make this a no-bake recipe) — graham crackers, pretzel rods, and other store-bought cookies can be used instead of or in addition to the homemade option to create a diverse display that lets the kids really express themselves. I’m helping with a project this year that is going to involve making 100 houses and we’ll be using graham crackers!