Photo by Glenn Brunette.
I am laughably bad at building gingerbread houses. In fact, the process is so stressful, several members of my family refuse to partake in this holiday activity with me. Beyond aesthetics, my main issue lies in the fact that my houses are always falling down, and that makes me say ugly words, but I’ve found some tasty reinforcement in the form of Rice Krispies Treats.
Building your ginger-scented walls around a mass of marshmallow confection gives them something to lean on while they’re setting, with the support coming from inside the house. Just make a big batch of treats, mould them into a house shape while they’re still warm – make sure to include roof support –and build the house around the sugary support structure.
Once the house is dry, decorate as usual. You can also use the treats to make Christmas trees, little presents, or snowmen for your gingerbread yard, or you could just eat the excess.