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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Spi edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142360590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423605904
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up—Often the word "no-bake" in a title is a clue that the recipes are simple, which is not the case here. The no-bake means that the houses are made of graham crackers and similar cookies, stuck together using "glue" concocted of egg whites or meringue powder. Front matter explains how to cut graham cracker shapes carefully and how to make and use icing "glue" and offers tips for decorating with candy and more. Each of 23 recipes is accompanied by a large color photo showing the imaginative and appealing hous. The first one, for an "Easy Candy Cottage," is fairly simple, but things get progressively more complicated. Here's a typical instruction from the first sentence of step 2 for making the "Seven Dwarfs' Cottage": "'Glue'" a quarter cracker perpendicular to the front of the house, a fourth of the way in from the right side." Basic diagrams offer a bit of help, but overall these projects will require concentration, patience, and a strong set of fine-motor skills. Children younger than age 13 will definitely need an older partner. Simpler instructions for decorated edible houses can easily be found elsewhere, both in book form and online. Unless you have some serious confection construction fans, you can pass on this one.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
(c) Copyright 2011.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From the Back Cover

Building a fabulous gingerbread house is as easy as 1-2-3 with No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids. There's no need for the messy and time-consuming tasks of mixing dough, rolling it out, baking it, and waiting for it to harden. All the houses in this book are made from graham crackers, cookies, ice cream cones, and waffle bowls. Just assemble, frost, and decorate! No more complex and expensive store-bought kits. No more lopsided barns that were supposed to be Prince Charming's castle. Just fun with the whole family with No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids!


More About the Author

I'm a mom, editor, writer, crafter, and baker, among many other things! I have always loved making things in the kitchen and I've always loved dollhouses and miniatures. Gingerbread houses are a perfect combination of those things! I also knit, scrapbook, ski, hike, bike, and read tons and tons of books. I live in Salt Lake City with my wonderful hubby and my cute little boy. Please visit my blog at lisaturneranderson.wordpress.com.

Customer Reviews

The instructions are clear and easy and the process is quick.
A. Wood
This is a great way to bond with your kids and have a good time.
bridget3420
It has the cutest, fastest, easiest gingerbread house idea book.
Sonja

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KJ on February 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very cute book with excellent instructions and photos. It was great to inspire great gingerbread houses this past Christmas. I was slightly disappointed that almost half the houses were not Christmas houses- there are also Halloween, spring, etc. But that may be a very nice feature to other buyers. The Halloween houses were really cool! The kids really enjoyed looking through and talking about what they were going to make. They took the book the grocery store to buy all their supplies.

It's hardcovered with a spiral binding that lays flat.

Overall a great purchase, I would recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Wood on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having made the traditional gingerbread houses and gone through the hassle of mixing and rolling and baking and cutting, I find this whole no-bake process a nice refreshing change of pace! The instructions are clear and easy and the process is quick. You get to spend more time decorating and that's the fun part. My daughter and I enjoyed an evening together assembling our little houses and it was a blast. I recommend No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids to anyone who has kids or just likes to create. Let your imagination run wild. You'll never look at candy the same way; you'll be wondering how you can use it to decorate your little architectural works of art!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bridget3420 on November 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had never made a gingerbread house before receiving this book. We had a blast making and eating our creation. This is a great way to bond with your kids and have a good time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Schoenwolf on September 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you have kids, or you are simply a kid at heart, you need to buy this cookbook! The recipes (which are really just instructions) are really easy to follow. The best part is not having to bake the gingerbread. I have tried to make gingerbread houses in the past and my gingerbread was either to big after baking or too small and then it would sometimes crumble when I tried to build. The beauty with this book is there is no gingerbread, you use building materials that you may already have in the house, like graham crackers and oreos. This book is perfect for kids because the building of the house is the fast part then the kids can go to town decorating.

This would make a great activity for a kids party or a baby shower!
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If you've ever spent hours in your kitchen around Christmas time looking depressed when the walls just collapsed on your freshly baked gingerbread house, you will smile when you browse the pages of "No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids." All twenty-three of the adorable abodes from the Cozy Cabin to the Pink Castle in the Clouds are made from simple ingredients ranging from graham crackers to cookies and ice cream cones. For example, when you assemble the ultra charming Cozy Cabin (my favorite), the logs are made from those oh so delicious Pepperidge Farm Mint Chocolate Pirouette cookies.

There is no baking required, but there are a few things that will have to be done by a parent or caregiver. For example, if the construction of the house calls for graham crackers, some of them need to be cut to size or "glued" together with icing to make a larger "front, back, or roof piece." A joint project, in which there will be a lot of yummy bowl scraping, will be the preparation of a "special icing called royal icing." There are recipes given for both an egg white royal icing (not recommended for eating due to the addition of raw egg whites) and a meringue powder royal icing. Naturally, most people would prefer to make the meringue powder recipe so they can get out those spoons! Additionally, each house will need a cardboard base for support and easy carrying. The author recommends a base that is at least 1' x 1' that is "covered with waxed paper or aluminum foil so the frosting doesn't seep through."

Each completed gingerbread house has been photographed as a visual guide to construction. Although many appear to be quite simple, you'll need to possess a bit of artistic flair to decorate some of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Pettinato on December 13, 2013
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The graham crackers would not stand up and unable to construct roof. A complete failure and had brought the book and supplies to my grandchildren's house to have a surprise project.
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I love gingerbread houses and have fond memories of my grandma coming over to our house in December with all the supplies for making a homemade gingerbread house. That was always very fun, but was a huge amount of work. So, I was thrilled to see No Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids. This is much more my kind of thing than making the dough, cutting it out and "trying" to glue it together, before even getting to the fun part of decorating.

No Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids has thick, glossy pages (easy to wipe off!), and clear directions and patterns for all of the houses. The author uses graham crackers as the main structural element, and she includes tips for cutting the graham crackers without making a mess. The other buildling parts are easy to find items like ice cream cones. She includes royal icing recipes, which works better than store bought frosting for superior holding power. The fun houses are decorated with common candies found in any grocery store. I love the idea of using colorful candies as a fun art medium, plus then it is all edible! No Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids includes ideas for cute houses for all times of the year. There are Valentine, Easter, Halloween, and Summer houses, plus of course, Christmas ones as well! She also has fairy tale and other fun themes for these no bake houses.

No Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids is a must for anyone who would love to easily make sweet little houses with children for decoration or just for fun!
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