Why not try your hand at making this easy Valentine Gingerbread House this year instead of picking up an expensive Valentine cookie house kit at the store?
As much as I love good old fashioned Valentines day cookie recipes, holiday house kits have become popular over the years for a very good reason. They are so fun to make and even better to eat once you demolish them!
How to Make an Edible Valentine Gingerbread House
This graham cracker Valentine's Day dessert was inspired by the decorative love and cupcakes gingerbread house, but hello - we want to EAT our Valentine's Day desserts, not just look at them! That's the best part of a candy covered gingerbread house, don't you think?
This Valentine Gingerbread House definitely takes a little time to put together, but the results are so worth it. I think this is a great Valentine's Day activity to make with your kids, or to create with your friends at a Valentine's Day party!
You can get so creative with it, and since graham crackers tend to come in boxes with lots of them in it, you can easily make quite a few houses with this easy to follow Valentine's Day dessert tutorial!
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Here are the ingredients you need to get started making this Valentine Gingerbread House:
You are going to have so much fun decorating your Gingerbread House! Make sure that you set aside some extra Valentine's Day candy to snack on while you are building your houses!
- Graham crackers
- Prepared vanilla frosting - I used a tub of premade frosting for this, just remember that less is more. You can also use royal icing for decorating, but it won't do for being used as "glue" to hold your walls together.
- Valentine gingerbread house decor - milk chocolate chips, Valentine M&Ms, Valentine hearts, mini conversation hearts, and of course, Valentine's Day red and pink sprinkles
Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you are going to need to make this Valentine Gingerbread House are in the printable recipe card below.
How to make Valentines Day Gingerbread Houses
Now let's get started on making our super cute Valentine Gingerbread House!
Break 2 graham crackers in half so you have 4 pieces. Those will be the sides of your house and the roof.
Using a bread knife, place a graham cracker onto a cutting board. Carefully saw the graham cracker so you don't break it.
Cut the cracker from the corner to the center line and repeat so you have a triangle tip. Repeat so you have 2.
To assemble, place frosting into a pastry bag and cut a small tip, about ⅛" into the bag.
Place a "triangle" house side onto a plate.
Pipe frosting on the edges of the side of the house and place it onto the side of the house.
If necessary, use something to prop up the side or work with a partner to assemble it.
Do the same on the other side. Affix the "triangle" house side to the house. It shouldn't be perfect at this point.
Pipe frosting onto the bottom of the house and pick it up and place it onto the plate to secure it. Adjust the sides so they line up correctly.
Pipe icing onto 3 sides of one roof piece and place it on top. Repeat with the other side. Make adjustments as necessary.
Using frosting, pipe decorations onto the house and plate as desired.
Hint: It is best to start small with the Valentine's Day Candy. You an always add MORE and more and more once you have the first layer on.
Make a House for Every Holiday!
Now while we are using Valentine's Day candy to make this a Valentine's Day Gingerbread House, you can follow this easy Gingerbread house tutorial to make a Gingerbread house for ANY holiday or special occasion!
- Saint Patrick's Day - If you want to make a gingerbread house for Saint Patrick's Day, just replace the red and pink Valentine's Day candy with Saint Patrick's Day candies!
- 4th of July - Use red, white and blue candies to make a Patriotic Gingerbread House!
- Halloween Gingerbread House - Decorate your gingerbread house with Halloween candies!
- Christmas Gingerbread House - Just use the traditional Christmas candies to make tis a Christmas gingerbread house!
Storing Homemade Gingerbread Houses
I recommend storing your Valentine Gingerbread House in an airtight container to keep it from going stale. I personally use a cake carrier for things that don't fit into my glass cake stand. This is also a great way to transport your Valentine's Day Gingerbread House to parties!
Top tips for the best Valentine Gingerbread House
Use a real/glass plate or a very sturdy paper plate or cake plate to put your house onto. Because this is "normal" frosting, it doesn't harden and set up like Royal icing does. You can use a knife vs a pastry bag, but your frosting might be a little messier.
Since this is tub frosting, you can easily reposition and move your work after it's been partially assembled, which allows you to make a nice little house.
It seems to work best if you follow the "lines" of the graham crackers. For example, the roof line is horizontal and the sides of the house are vertical. You can certainly do a dry build and hold the pieces together to make sure you frost the correct edges.
One you have finished making your Valentine Gingerbread House, use it as a centerpiece for your Valentine's Day dinner table, and then EAT IT!
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What to Serve for Valentine's Day Dinner
These are some of my favorite easy dinner recipes to serve with our Valentine's Gingerbread House:
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How to Make an Edible Valentine Gingerbread House
- 4 graham crackers per house
- prepared vanilla frosting
- various candies for decorating - chocolate chips Valentine M&Ms, Valentine hearts, conversation hearts, sprinkles
- Break 2 graham crackers in half so you have 4 pieces. Those will be the sides of your house and the roof.
- Using a bread knife, place a graham cracker onto a cutting board. Carefully saw the graham cracker so you don't break it. Cut the cracker from the corner to the center line and repeat so you have a triangle tip. Repeat so you have 2.
- To assemble, place frosting into a pastry bag and cut a small tip, about ⅛" into the bag. Place a "triangle" house side onto a plate. Pipe frosting on the edges of the side of the house and place it onto the side of the house. If necessary, use something to prop up the side or work with a partner to assemble it. Do the same on the other side. Affix the "triangle" house side to the house. It shouldn't be perfect at this point.
- Pipe frosting onto the bottom of the house and pick it up and place it onto the plate to secure it. Adjust the sides so they line up correctly. Pipe icing onto 3 sides of one roof piece and place it on top. Repeat with the other side. Make adjustments as necessary.
- Using frosting, pipe decorations onto the house and plate as desired.