Easy and fun is my favorite way to celebrate. This year we opted to make Rice Krispies gingerbread houses. There was less breakage (and stress) involved because it’s a more giving building material. I also took the super easy route and used store bought Rice Krispies treats. It really doesn’t get any more easy and semi-homemade than that. It’s just as fun for the kids though!
The cute little Rice Krispies treats you can buy from the store make perfect little blocks. We used 4 treats plus frosting to build each little house. Add more frosting, plus candy, sprinkles, and cereal to decorate and you are done!
Easy Rice Krispies Gingerbread House Ingredients
- Rice Krispies Treats
Start by slicing each treat lengthwise in half, so you end up with 8 thinner Rice Krispies treats. Then cut the corners off two of the treats to create triangles for the front and back of the house.
Now you are ready to put together your Rice Krispies gingerbread house. Continuing with the easy theme, I used a can of frosting from the store.
The smartest thing to do is to let the frosting harden for at least an hour before decorating. I am not always known to do the smartest thing though. 😉
My boys started decorating right away and we had a few walls that pushed in a bit but I just adjusted them back in place as we went. Everything turned out great.
By the next morning, the frosting was dry and the Rice Krispies Gingerbread Houses were solid & cute. 😀
By the way, the Rice Krispies treats remain edible for at least a few days afterward, in case you are the type of parent who lets their kids consume tons of sugar and eat their gingerbread house creations. 🙂
Rice Krispies Gingerbread House Tips
- Keep it easy and use premade Rice Krispies Treats, they are uniform in size and 4 can be used to make a sweet little house.
- Give each child their own bag of frosting, so there is no fighting. 😀
- Place each house on its own plate or cookie sheet to contain some of the mess while decorating.
- Let your houses dry/harden before decorating for best results.
- Use any candy, sprinkles or cereal you have on hand. Keep it simple, cheap and eclectic. 🙂