“Over the River and Through the Woods…

November 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm 3 comments

Cozy Cabin made from graham crackers, pirouette cookies, and pretzels…to grandmother’s house we go!” When I was a kid, we would always sing this song in the car on the way to my grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. I would imagine us riding in a horse-drawn sleigh through the woods, arriving at a cozy little cabin like this (even though we were in a station wagon driving to a split level in the ‘burbs). Hooray for the imagination…and “hooray for the pumpkin pie!”

Cozy Cabin

1 batch white royal icing, with about 1/2 cup tinted dark yellow

Graham crackers (see diagrams below)

44 Pepperidge Farm Mint Chocolate Pirouette cookies

Pretzel sticks

Graham sticks

Sugar cones


Spearmint leaves


1. Using royal icing, make one side of the roof by “gluing” three whole crackers together in a row along the long edges. “Glue” a quarter cracker across each seam to help the pieces stay together. Repeat to make the second side of the roof. Set aside the two roof pieces to dry.

2. To make the front of the house, “glue” two three-quarters graham crackers together along the longer sides. “Glue” the long side of a horizontal point piece along the top of the two crackers. “Glue” a quarter cracker across each seam to help all the pieces stay together. Repeat to make the back of the house.

3. Make one side of the house by “gluing” two three-quarters crackers together along the long edges. “Glue” a quarter cracker across the seams. Repeat to make the second side.

4. “Glue” the four sides together to make the house, making sure that the quarter seam crackers are on the inside of the house.

5. “Glue” a Pirouette cookie along the bottom of the house front. One end of the cookie should be even with the left edge of the house and the other end should stick out past the right edge.

6. “Glue” another cookie on top of the first cookie, staggering it so that the end sticks out past the left edge. Keep adding cookies this way on all sides of the house. You will need to cut some of the cookies to fit the top front and top back of the house.

7. Pipe icing along the slanted rooflines and gently place each roof piece on top of the house, making sure the quarter seam crackers are on the inside. Cover the roof with icing and add icicles made of icing to the front eaves.

8. Make the windows and door out of pretzel sticks. Fill in the windowpanes with dark yellow icing. “Glue” graham sticks upside down to make the porch.

9. To make a pine tree, “glue” a sugar cone upside down next to the cabin. Cut spearmint leaves into two layers and stick the layers in rows on the cone. Repeat to make a second pine tree.

Cozy Cabin Graham Cracker Diagrams

6 whole crackers

8 three-quarters crackers

12 quarter crackers

2 horizontal points

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Creative2xmom  |  November 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I wanna make this one. Reminds me of home.

  • 2. Sara  |  November 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I love your ideas. You are sooo creative!

    • 3. lisatanderson  |  November 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

      Thank you! You are so kind! 🙂


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