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Traditions are such a huge part of the magic of the holidays. And Gingerbread Houses or Graham Cracker Houses are a big part of our holiday traditions.
As a kid I had a neighbor who made a huge, elaborate gingerbread house every year. She would go all out, and after Christmas was over, she would bring it over and let us eat it. At the time I loved it, but now all I can think is “gross”. Haha, all that stale candy and rock hard icing that had been sitting unwrapped and getting dusty for a month. But we loved it, and it is a huge part of my Christmas memory. So I decided early in my marriage that making holiday houses was a must.
I remember one year buying a premade kit, and really struggling our way through it. The kids were arguing over what to put where, and most of the candy was hard before we ever put it on the house. So after that I decided individual houses were the way to go.
Back then Pinterest was still invite only, and I remember seeing someone share a graham cracker house. I thought it was brilliant, and so much less work. And ever since we have been making them with my kids!
Here’s a quick how-to:
- Start with 6 graham crackers
- Cut two to be the front and back
- Cut two to be the sides, you want them to be as tall as the non-roof part of the front and back
- Cut two to serve as the roof
- Put peanut butter or frosting down the sides of the front
- Attach the two side pieces and do the same for the back.
- Put frosting or peanut butter down the roof slope
- Attach the roof pieces, and put a little down the center to help hold them together
- Decorate and enjoy!
I went to Walmart and used this $0.50 off coupon for Honey Maid Grahams (12.2 oz or larger) and got lots of small fun candies and sprinkles to decorate with. I even bought white cotton candy to be the “snow” around the houses!
We had a blast! And I even made one myself. Didn’t it turn out cute?
But you guys, I had some many pieces of graham cracker left. Like TONS! All those cut pieces; the remnants were just waiting for me to do something with them, and what better way to use them than bake a cheesecake??? Am I right? How about snowman cheesecake?
So I thought it would be fun to use different size muffin tins to make mini cheesecakes, and make them into a festive snow man!! And I used the leftover candies from decorating our houses to really dress the snow man up.
Graham crackers seem to make it into all of my holiday baking, like these s’mores brownies! And for good reason. But let’s take a minute to talk about how seriously easy these mini cheesecakes are to make. Did I mention they are peanut butter? Yes, they are! You’re welcome. You can make these in minutes (though they do have to refrigerate for a few hours), and with minimal ingredients, making them my favorite go-to.
Peanut Butter Snowman Cheesecake
- 6 ounces cream cheese 3/4 a brick
- 2 Tbs peanut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tbs melted butter
- 4 Honey Maid graham crackers
- 1 Tbs sugar
- whipped cream
- sandwich cookies
- candy corn
- chocolate chips
- candy canes
- Preheat oven to 350
- Crush your graham crackers, stir in melted butter and sugar, and press into the bottom of muffin tin liners (about a TBS, average recipe makes 9)
- Mix cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla together
- Slowly beat in one egg until just incorporated (do not over mix of top will crack)
- Pour over top of graham cracker crust
- Put in muffin tin, you should have 3 spots left open, fill halt way with water
- Bake for 20-22 minutes
- Remove from oven, and let cool 10 minutes in pan, then 2 hours in the fridge.
- Decorate/garnish and serve
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
And if you are looking for other fun ways to use Graham Crackers, try these other mini cheesecakes: