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Now that the year is ending, and the holiday season is over, your gingerbread house may seem a little outmoded. But pie knows no season, so rather than tossing your cookie house in the trash, you should probably make it into a pie crust.

This brilliant idea comes from the geniuses over at Extra Crispy, and I really wish I had known about it before I tossed my spicy construction project, due to structural issues. Assuming you didn’t use glue to keep the thing together, this can be done with almost any gingerbread house. Just pick off the gumdrops and other candies (frosting and sprinkles can stay), bash it up with a hammer, and chuck it in the food processor to get two cups of fine crumbs. Mix the crumbs with half a stick of melted butter, press into a pie pan, and bake at 350 °F for ten minutes. Fill as you please.

Turn a Gingerbread House into a Crazy-Good Pie Crust | Extra Crispy

Photo by Carrie Stephens.