Christmas Time is Here! Gingerbread Houses & Christmas Sweets!

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December 1st… Christmas Season is officially here! This season will be filled with lots of family time, traditions and holiday events. One of my favorite traditions that I have always done is building a gingerbread house. Although we haven’t done our larger, traditional gingerbread houses yet (next weekend!), I decided to create a smaller scale house with Lennox this weekend, using graham crackers and peanut butter!

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Lennox picked a theme for our little house, and guess what she picked? Frozen, of course! Making a little house from Honey Maid Graham Crackers was SO easy and only took a few minutes. We first put the house together using Skippy Peanut Butter – but since we like our houses to stay together for the whole Christmas season – on display if you will – so I added some icing around all the edges and openings to “glue” it all together. Peanut Butter is a great frosting to use – especially if you or your child is planning on eating it right away – which is always a fun activity too!!

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Once I got it all put together, it was time to decorate! Lennox was eager and ready to go when it was time! She may or may not have been eating the Graham Cracker pieces, Peanut Butter and Candy before we even got to the decorating part! Thats ok – it’s all apart of the creative process right? 

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She is getting pretty good at this after the past few years of practice. I can’t wait to see how her big house turns out next week.

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After we finished making our Frozen inspired Graham Cracker House, Lennox set it up next to her Elf on the Shelf, Ho-Ho, and was ready to watch some Christmas movies! Frosty the Snowman is her current favorite!

While she watched her movie, I made some yummy holiday sweets for my family and friends. I had picked up some Skippy Peanut Butter the other day at Walmart in prep for this weekend’s baking.

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The first thing I made used that Peanut Butter and it turned out SO good! I made what must be the EASIEST Peanut Butter Fudge I’ve ever made! If you love Peanut Butter, you are sure to like this! Here is the recipe.

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Fool Proof Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 10oz Smooth Skippy Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 TSP Vanilla
  • 1 LB Powdered Sugar

Directions:

  1. In a medium microwave safe mixing bowl, add 2 sticks of unsalted butter and 10oz of Skippy smooth peanut butter. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes.
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  2. After 2 minutes, uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave on HIGH for another 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave (careful – very hot!) and stir together until well mixed.
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  4. Add in 1 TSP of vanilla, 3/4 Cup Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs and slowly mix in 1 LB (one box) of powdered sugar.
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  5. Continue mixing with a wooden spoon until well mixed and the shine of the butter and peanut butter starts to dull. The mixture will get thick. A few lumps are normal!
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  6. Pour into a buttered and lined (tin foil or parchment paper) 8×8 or 8×10 glass dish.
  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours, remove from dish, cut and store in air tight container!

I can’t wait for the rest of the festivities that we have planned for the holiday season (and will be sharing with you). But for now, this was a great start to the season!

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Fool Proof Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
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The easiest microwave Peanut Butter Fudge recipe
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
  2. 10oz Smooth Skippy Peanut Butter
  3. 3/4 Cup Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs
  4. 1 TSP Vanilla
  5. 1 LB Powdered Sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium microwave safe mixing bowl, add 2 sticks of unsalted butter and 10oz of Skippy smooth peanut butter. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes.
  2. After 2 minutes, uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave on HIGH for another 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave (careful - very hot!) and stir together until well mixed.
  4. Add in 1 TSP of vanilla, 3/4 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs, and slowly mix in 1 LB (one box) of powdered sugar.
  5. Continue mixing with a wooden spoon until well mixed and the shine of the butter and peanut butter starts to dull. The mixture will get thick. A few lumps are normal!
  6. Pour into a buttered and lined (tin foil or parchment paper) 8x8 or 8x10 glass dish.
  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours, remove from dish, cut and store in air tight container!
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6 thoughts on “Christmas Time is Here! Gingerbread Houses & Christmas Sweets!

  1. Rosie

    This post made my day – wait – my week! I would love to make a gingerbread house, and the idea of using graham crackers is so cute and easy! and I love the peanut butter fudge, too, partly b/c so easy, and of course, looks soo good!

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