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Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

It’s officially the Christmas season and I could not be more excited! I loveeeee Christmas and all the fun that comes with it. This is such an exciting time for my little girl as well. Everything is so magical and new for her. My head is full of ideas for making the holidays extra special for my girl. We’ve kicked things off with an evening of making adorable little graham cracker houses with Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Skippy Peanut Butter (check out the links for coupons!). So much fun!

Here is what you need to make graham cracker houses:

  • Serrated knife
  • Butter knife
  • Zip top bags
  • Honey Maid Graham Crackers (any flavor)
  • Skippy Peanut Butter 
  • Candies for decorating

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Begin by making a foundation for your house. I used two whole graham crackers and a really good amount of peanut butter. This makes it easy to begin creating a house because the peanut butter holds the graham crackers in place nicely.

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Use a serrated knife to cut graham crackers into whatever shapes you need for building. A gentle sawing motion cuts them nicely.

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Fill a zip top bag with Skippy peanut butter, snip off a corner with scissors, and use it as a piping bag to make decorating easier.

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

My little one loved this project! She ate most of her house, so not much to show for her work. Ha!

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Ta da! This house literally took 15 minutes to create. At that rate I could make a whole graham cracker house village by Christmas!

Try this project with your family. These might make an extra special Christmas movie night snack!

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

While we are on the subject of peanut butter and graham crackers… I made something yummy: Peanut Butter Icebox Cake.

You guys… so good!

An icebox cake is made with layers of cookies/crackers and some sort of moist filling. When covered and refrigerated for a few hours the crispy cookies become soft and the result is a cake like texture.

This one’s a winner, folks!

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Ingredients:
12 whole Honey Maid Graham Crackers (plain or chocolate)
2/3 cup Skippy Peanut Butter
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 container extra creamy whipped topping, thawed
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese for 30 seconds. Add the peanut butter and powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
2. Fold in half of the whipped topping.
3. Place one layer of 4 graham crackers on a platter. Gently spread half of the peanut butter mixture over the graham crackers. Add a second layer of graham crackers and top with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Place the final layer of graham crackers and ice the top of the cake with the remaining whipped topping.
4. Cover the cake and refrigerate.
5. In a small, microwave safe bowl, heat the heavy cream and chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir well. Heat for an additional 30 seconds or until the chocolate chips are melted. Stir until smooth to make a chocolate ganache.
6. Cool the chocolate ganache to room temperature then drizzle over the top of the cake. Cover the cake and return it to the refrigerator for another 4 hours or overnight.
Makes 8 servings.

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Ready to get creative? You can find Skippy Peanut Butter and Honey Maid Graham Crackers at your local Walmart like I did.

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake | Simple and wonderful holiday treats!

Merry Christmas!

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5 Comments on Family Holiday Ideas: Graham Cracker Houses and Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

  1. Aneta Alaei
    December 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Jesus this looks so amazing. I have always wanted to try an icebox cake and I will be pinning this for future treat days.

    Reply
  2. Kung Phoo
    December 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I think i just gained a few pounds by looking at that 🙂 lol that looks so amazing!

    Reply
  3. Melodi Steinberg
    December 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm (2 years ago)

    holy cow that looks delicious AND fun!

    Reply
  4. Jennifer Van Huss
    December 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great idea!! I never thought of using peanut butter instead of icing!! ITs the perfect consistency and a lot cheaper then buying the premade kits!

    Reply
  5. survivingtoddlerhood.com
    December 9, 2014 at 12:59 am (2 years ago)

    oh man! I'm going to have to play around with this and see if I can make it allergey friendly for our house. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe!

    Reply

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