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I considered calling this post Honey Maid Graham Cracker Houses for Dummies, but I didn’t want to offend anyone with my snarky sense of humor. Truth be told though I enjoy baking, especially during the holiday season, I am not a decorator. I admire the elaborate gingerbread houses and frosted cookies I see on Pinterest, all the while knowing I wouldn’t have the patience to do that in my own kitchen.
I was thrilled, however, to partner with Honey Maid because it allowed my children and I to create our first-ever graham cracker houses together. I’ve not attempted gingerbread houses on my own or with them, and I doubt I will. I did discover that a benefit of my less than stellar decorating skills allowed my children to feel just as confident as their mom for this endeavor. To be honest, our houses were a bit of a hot mess. Especially the next morning when we woke up to find that purchased cotton candy (our snow) evaporates when left in the open air overnight, LOL! Luckily, I had some extra “snow” that was sealed away so I could reapply it to my house for the picture.
But seriously, we had so much fun with this project. My daughter happened to be home sick last week, and so she got to accompany me on my shop to purchase all our fun house decorations. And the frosting we thought would act like glue turned out to need an hour to dry! Guess what, my children don’t have that kind of patience either. So we used Skippy Peanut Butter as our “glue”. We fashioned our homes more like log cabins, simply stacking graham crackers on top of one another until we had the correct height. I think we each used about 12 squares. And then our roofs were made from that white cotton candy. Perfect for that night… just not a lasting effect. Regardless, we’ll be making house again because my kids enjoyed the activity so much. And in case it’s not obvious, my son’s house is Minion-themed and my daughter’s is Frozen-themed.
As for my recipe, the Honey Maid Minion grahams are perfect for dipping, so I made a super-simple peanut butter cheesecake dip to go with them. Wouldn’t your kiddos (and maybe even their parents) get a kick out of this dip at a holiday party?! It’s just a quick whipping together of a package of cream cheese, Skippy Naturals Peanut Butter and powdered sugar. I added the mini red and green candies so it looked more festive.
These houses and this dip are two fun ways to use Honey Maid and Skippy to help you celebrate your holiday season in style! Be sure to click HERE to get a coupon at Walmart to save $0.50 when you buy one (1) Honey Maid Grahams (12.2 oz. or larger).
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 c. Skippy Naturals Peanut Butter
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 c. mini red and green M&M’s
- 1 box Honey Maid Minions Graham Crackers
- With a stand or hand mixer, whip together the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add the sugar and pinch of salt and whip together again until smooth.
- Stir in the M&M’s by hand. Sprinkle additional M&M’s atop the dip.
- Serve the dip with the Honey Maid Minions Graham Crackers