The weather may be chilly, but it is Christmas time at beach. Surf’s up at our graham cracker house and we’re riding the waves on our peanut butter cookie surfboards because holiday baking is in full swing.
A friend of ours is having their annual holiday party at their beach house and I offered to make a centerpiece for the food table. What is better than a holiday themed beach scene with palm trees, flip-flops, a snowman and a Christmas stocking hung on the outside of a Graham cracker house?
How to make a Graham Cracker Beach House
Much like the construction of gingerbread houses, getting the pieces of the crackers to fit together is a bit time consuming, so to make it easier I’ve provided a blueprint if you will for the 6 pieces that make up 1 house. I used a homemade royal icing which hardens nicely like a cement to hold the pieces together. Royal icing is 3 egg whites, 1 box of powdered sugar and beat together for about 5 minutes until thickened.
I know making something like this looks daunting, but once you have the houses made, the possibilities are endless and baking with graham crackers is fun. A holiday display like this can be customized however you want it and of course it doesn’t have to be a beach house. You can decorate the graham cracker houses like a gingerbread house with snow frosting, using colored candies or add candy canes.
The cookie surfboards are an easy baking idea and a fun addition to the scene. Baking with peanut butter is always a tasty treat. Peanut butter cookies are decorated in Christmas colors to make them fun and festive. I printed a surfboard template that measures 2 3/4 inches tall. Then I took a ball of cookie dough and spread it out about 1/8 inch thick onto the parchment lined baking sheet. I cut around the template and discarded the cuttings.
Here is a list of additional items used for the graham cracker house, but of course there are so many edible and not edible items that can be added for effect:
- Ground vanilla cookies for the sand
- Blue dyed whipped frosting for the ocean
- Fish crackers in the ocean
- Wheat cereal for the roof and doors of the houses
- Peanut butter to ‘glue’ the wheat cereal to the roof
- Gummy Christmas trees
- Chocolate matchsticks and frosting for the fire
- Christmas stockings were made from fabric
- White fondant beach ball painted with food coloring
- Snowman, palm trees, beach chair, towel, flip flops,
- Hard round candies with frosting for the life preservers
- Ready-made frosting in tubes for Christmas lights
If you’re looking for more holiday desserts, check out Christmas Sweet Mince Pies and Traditional Homemade Eggnog (< click on text for links).