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Halloween Gingerbread House

Set the stage for your monster bash with a Haunted Halloween House centerpiece.

You'll have enough dough left over to make gingerbread "tombstones" for the graveyard.

1. We used our Classic Gingerbread Cutouts recipe and our basic Gingerbread House template.

2. Tools and materials you'll need include:

  • Assorted candies, cookies, and Halloween decorations
  • 1 recipe gingerbread dough and template
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp paring knife
  • Cookie sheets and parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • Sturdy cardboard, a foam core board, or an extra cookie sheet for the house's base and yard
  • Royal icing and food coloring
  • Pastry bags and tips or small resealable plastic bags
  • Small spatulas, spreaders, or butter knives
  • Tweezers and toothpicks (optional)

    3. Assembly:

    • Prepare dough, cut out shapes using the template, bake and cool completely.
    • Meanwhile, cover house base with parchment, foil, or brown paper. Color icing as desired, and keep bowls covered with damp cloths. (We used orange- and brown-tinted royal icing.)
    • Attach walls to the front and back of the house and let dry until icing is hard. Position your house at an angle on the base, leaving room for a graveyard, pumpkin patch, or other decorations.
    • Attach roof, propping up eaves with cans or books until icing is dry and hard, about six hours or overnight.

      4. Decorate as desired.

      We used candy corn for roof shingles, licorice trim, cocoa-flavored rice cereal paving a path through crushed chocolate cookie "dirt" and tiny leaf-shaped sprinkles for autumn leaves. A marshmallow ghost haunts the pumpkin patch, and royal icing spells out RIP on the tombstones.

        5. Tips and Links

        • Royal icing should be stiff for assembling the house, but can be thinned for frosting the roof and the yard, and for piping.
        • If you'll be eating your house, be sure to use pasteurized egg whites or meringue powder in your icing.
        • Add more meringue powder or sifted confectioners' sugar to thicken icing, and a few drops of water at a time to thin the consistency.

          6. Throwing a Halloween party? We have all the fun Halloween recipes every ghoul loves to gobble.

          Get even more Halloween ideas and inspiration.

            Oct. 2, 2009 9:23 pm
            I have a pre-made gingerbread house to use. I think I will use this idea for my daughter's upcoming Halloween party. The children can all help decorate the house. Thanks for the fantastic idea and directions.
            Oct. 6, 2009 1:13 pm
            this looks so cute! We can't wait to try it
            Oct. 6, 2009 2:40 pm
            Looks adorable! Will totally try it!:^)
            Oct. 6, 2009 6:14 pm
            Thanks for a great hint, to do with my grand-daughter, when we visit just before Halloween.
            Thelma Burks 
            Oct. 7, 2009 7:47 am
            do you hav a recipe for graveyard cakes or spider cookiesmy grandson is having his first holloween party
            Oct. 11, 2009 5:56 pm
            Made one of these last year with my kids and they loved it! It worked out very well, especially since my gingerbread houses always look a little ramshackle anyway!
            Oct. 17, 2009 11:20 am
            Looks Fun...can't wait to try it!
            Oct. 29, 2009 8:49 am
            awwwwwww soo cute! i will definately have to try it!
            Oct. 29, 2009 12:47 pm
            I made a house like this last year, only we used sugar cookie dough. Instead of holding it all together with icing I used a glue gun, and we still have it intact to enjoy looking at again this year! (I got the idea from a Taste of Home Magazine)
            Oct. 31, 2009 10:33 am
            it looks good
            Apr. 30, 2010 6:06 am
            Did I miss something I do not see the dough recipe????
            Sep. 26, 2010 7:05 am
            that looks so awesome!!
            Sep. 29, 2010 3:31 pm
            looks good i not see the doughrecipe?
            Oct. 15, 2010 7:33 am
            the blue link "classic gingerbread cutouts" is the recipe for the dough
            Oct. 16, 2010 8:05 am
            Can't wait to try this for my next halloween party thanks for the great idea!!!!!!!
            Amy H 
            Oct. 26, 2010 6:00 pm
            It look's good to try but it would take alot of much time. I have an one year old he would make it hard to even try
            Oct. 27, 2010 9:47 am
            ..Ummm,this looks interesting.. i have to try this!!!!
            Sep. 18, 2011 4:44 pm
            omg love it it was sooo good
            Aug. 10, 2012 7:46 am
            I have made many gingerbread houses but never like the halloween house shown here.
            Oct. 28, 2012 7:36 am
            This looks so cool!!! I know my daughter loves putting together the ginger bread house at Christmas time. She will flip when I tell her about this!
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