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Tis the Season: Build the Honey Maid Sweet Holiday House

I just love this time of year! In our house, one of our favorite activities is watching holiday movies and drinking hot cocoa. We never skip the opportunity to get a little competitive by challenging each other to a friendly competition either. Building your holiday village will be so much easier this year!

Skip gingerbread houses and make holiday building simpler by reaching for HONEY MAID Honey Grahams to make houses that are easy and delicious!

HONEY MAID Sweet Holiday House

Prep Time: 1 hr

Total Time: 3 hours Makes 1 house.

Ingredients

9 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, divided

1 container (16 oz.) ready-to-spread white frosting

17 Mini OREO Cookies, split

34 SOUR PATCH KIDS Candies

8 small candy canes

Decorations: Assorted small green, red and white candies; holly candy decors; green decorating icing

Preparation

Trim a 1-inch piece off one short end of each of 2 Grahams for the sides of the house; set small trimmed pieces aside. Cut 2 corners off the top of each large trimmed graham piece to form a peaked top; set aside.

Spoon frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip. Place 1 of the remaining grahams on a foil- or parchment-covered baking sheet or tray for the base of the house. Stand 2 whole grahams (for front and back of house), and 2 peaked graham pieces (for sides of house) around the base of the house, using some of the frosting to attach all pieces together. Top with 2 of the remaining whole grahams for the roof, securing all pieces with some of the remaining frosting. Let stand for 1 hour or until the frosting is firm.

Meanwhile, cut the remaining whole grahams and graham pieces into smaller pieces to make 6 windows, 2 doors, 1 doorway, and stepping stones for the path. Decorate doors and windows with small candies and some of the remaining frosting as desired. Let stand until ready to use.

Use frosting to attach mini cookies, in slightly overlapping horizontal rows, on roof pieces to resemble shingles. Pipe frosting along the top edge of the roof; stand SOUR PATCH KIDS Candies in frosting.

Break curved ends off candy canes; attach curved pieces to the roof with frosting as shown in the photo. Reserve remaining candy cane pieces for snacking or another use.

Use frosting to attach windows and doors to the house as shown. Arrange cut graham pieces in front of the door to make a path. Add SOUR PATCH KIDS Candies to the path, doorway, and sides of the house as shown. Decorate with remaining ingredients as desired. Let stand 1 hour or until the frosting is dry.

Tips

Important Note

If time allows, it’s best to let the house frame stand overnight before topping with the roof and decorating the house as directed. For additional support for the sides and roof, stack an additional 9 or 10 grahams and wrap with plastic wrap. Attach to the graham rectangle base with a little frosting before adding the side pieces. Break an additional graham into 4 pieces, and attach it to the center of the graham block to use as a support for the roof. Or, use a crumbled sheet of aluminum foil to support the house instead of the stacked grahams.

Special Extra

Spread additional frosting onto the prepared baking sheet around the house before adding the graham path. Add powdered sugar and miniature marshmallows as desired. Sprinkle areas around the path with white sugar crystals and/or white nonpareils to resemble a winter scene.

Make it Easy

Substitute 2 cans (8.4 oz. each) of white icing packaged with decorator tips for the ready- to-spread white frosting and pastry bags/tips.

Family Fun

Gather the family together to make this festive holiday treat. Check out this sweet recipe along with many other great Nabisco recipes by visiting: https://www.mymilitarysavings.com/brands/nabisco/recipes

Lasonja Williams