Marshmallow Treat Gingerbread House

December 2007
Marshmallow Treat Gingerbread House

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Build the ultimate gingerbread house out of cereal—then gather the kids for an afternoon of holiday decorating.

Makes: 1 servings

Prep: 3 hrs

Cook: 15 mins

  • 3 sticks  (12 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • Salt
  • 6 10 1/2 ounce bags  mini marshmallows
  • 2 18 ounce boxes  crisp rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 12 3 inches pieces red licorice twists
  • 10 large marshmallows
  • 20 chocolate-covered graham crackers
  • 5 1/2-inch-thick slices pound cake
  • Assorted candies, for decorating
  1. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, then line with enough parchment paper to leave several inches of overhang on each long side.
  2. In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 1 stick butter over medium-low heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons molasses, 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in 2 bags of mini marshmallows and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the marshmallows are melted. Meanwhile, pour 12 cups cereal into a large bowl. Add the cereal to the marshmallow mixture and fold in quickly to coat. Scrape the cereal mixture into the prepared pan; let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Lightly coat your hands with oil, then press the cereal mixture evenly into the pan. Using a dry measuring cup, pack down the mixture to even out the layer. Let cool for 30 minutes. Loosen the edges with a knife, then grasp the parchment and lift to remove the cooled cereal layer from the pan. Repeat Steps 1, 2 and 3 to make 2 more cereal layers.
  4. Assemble the house and decorate with the remaining ingredients.
  • Place one cereal layer (get the recipe) on a cutting board. Cut a 2-inch strip off the long side. Repeat with the remaining two layers to get three strips.
  • Cut each strip crosswise into four 2-by-3-inch rectangles to make 12 small rectangles.
  • Stand five 2-by-3-inch rectangles on their 3-inch edge. Using a pastry bag, pipe royal icing (get the recipe) down the exposed 3-inch edge.
  • Stick the rectangles together to make 1 roof panel. Repeat Step 3 with five more rectangles to make the second roof panel.
  • Pipe a line of icing down the seam of each roof panel and affix a 3-inch stick of red licorice to each piped seam.
  • Cut one of the trimmed cereal layers in half crosswise
  • Place the walls perpendicular to each other on the 14-by- 18-inch cardboard base, with the short walls inside the long walls.
  • Set the 9-by-12-inch cardboard on top of the house. Lean the roof panels on an angle so they support each other on the board.
  • Cut the remaining two small rectangles into triangles to fill in the gaps on either end of the roof panels.
  • Place large marshmallows along the ridge of the roof panels to fill in the top gap.
  • Pipe icing along the bottom edge of the roof panels and on the long edge of the cardboard on both sides of the house.
  • Affix five chocolate-covered graham "tiles" along the piped icing. Pipe more icing and affix three more "tiles" to the roof's short ends.
  • Now decorate! Turn the fun into a party with how-tos and menu ideas.
Tip Get ahead
  • You can assemble the house up to 1 day before.