Gingerbread House

Fall is in the air and Halloween is just around the corner.  Make this little haunted gingerbread house as an adorable and tasty decoration.  Use your favorite gingerbread or sugar cookie cookie recipe and all your favorite Halloween candy.

You will need:

1.  Gingerbread or sugar cookie dough
     Here is our favorite cookie recipe!

2.  A can of your favorite frosting

3.  Assorted Halloween candies

4.  A decorator's tube with a medium round or star tip*

5.  A plate or cake board for a base.

6.  The haunted house pattern

 

*It is possible to use a butter knife and your fingers, but the decorator's tube will make it a lot easier to control the frosting.

The front of a Halloween gingerbread house.
A rolling pin and cookie dough. 1.  Divide the cookie dough in half.  On a floured surface, roll each half out so that it is about 1/4 inch thick and about the size of a piece of paper.  Transfer the two pieces of dough onto baking sheets and bake according to the directions in the recipe.
A gingerbread house pattern on the cookie dough, ready to be cut out. 2.  When the cookie dough is baked and cooled, cut out the pattern pieces.  Arrange them on the cookie dough.  Use a sharp knife to cut out each piece.
The front and one wall of the gingerbread house glued together with frosting. 3.  Put a line of frosting on the bottom of the front piece.  Put a line of frosting on the bottom and side edges of a side piece.  Carefully stand them up together.  Put frosting on the bottom and side edges of the other side piece and stand it in place.  Put frosting on the bottom edge of the back piece and fit it in place.
The front, back and walls of the gingerbread house, all assembled.
The roof added to the gingerbread house. 4.  Put frosting on the top edge of the house.  Put the roof in place.
The porch added to the gingerbread house. 5. Put frosting on the bottom and side edges of the porch sides.  Put frosting on the bottom of the porch front.  Carefully manuever the pieces into place.  Put frosting on the top edge of the porch and on the back edge of the two porch roof pieces.  Put them in place.
A gingerbread house decorated for Halloween. 6.  Now it is time to have some fun.  Get out the candy and add a door, windows, roof tiles, and anything else you wish to the house.

Making gingerbread houses is a much loved holiday tradition.  Many familys make little houses each year.  Professional chefs, cake decorators, and ordinary folks who love working with gingerbread craft elaborate houses and even entire gingerbread villages.  The world's largest gingerbread house was built in Minnesota.  It is 67 feet tall and 1,496 square feet.  It truly is a house with room for an entire family.  Of course, any family who moved in could literally nibble down their home.

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