Even though I'm trying to fight it, Summer is over, kiddies are back to school and Halloween is creeping up on us. I decided to post a fun Halloween cookie project that you can do on one of those rainy and cold Fall days...while your hubby is watching football on TV and your kiddies are out raking leaves. Yeah, I know my son doesn't rake leaves either, but you get my drift. Heck, this project is fun for the kids so invite them to play along too.
It's a Spooky Haunted Cookie House!
To make the cookies I used a basic sugar cookie recipe and a set of cutters from Williams Sonoma. These cute little cutters come with notches in the house and bases so you can stand the house up horizontally. But don't worry if you don't have these cutters! You can use any house shaped cookie cutter and you can make your own notches --just cut them free-hand with a knife or use a small "#1" or "I" cutter. Anything with a long, rectangle shape will work! For the bases you can use a standard rectangle cutter or circle cutter, just cut it in half! You see, you can make any cookie into a 3D cookie!
1. Roll your dough to 1/4" thick and cut out your shapes.
2. Once your cookies are baked and cooled, assemble the house with the bases to ensure they fit together. You may have to trim the notches so they will assemble easily.
Don’t forget to allow room for your royal icing.
3. Prepare your royal icing. You will need orange, white, black, purple and green!
4. For the roof top you will need to make shingles. I used light purple colored fondant. You will also need a small round cutter (I used the wide end of a piping tip #4B) and a triangle cutter.
5. Next I rolled out my fondant to 1/8” thick and cut out 40 circles.
6. I then used the triangle cutter to cut out the top part of the circle to create
somewhat of a candy corn shape
8. Next, using the white royal icing, pipe a bunch of spider webs on waxed paper. Once these become hard they can be peeled from the waxed paper. They are fragile, so make plenty of extras just in case they break! I made some small ones and some larger ones because I wasn’t sure which size would look proportionate. I ended up using the smaller ones which were approximately 1” x 1”.
9. Next, using the black and purple royal icings, pipe (#2 tip) your windows,
shutters and door outlines.
10. Then fill them in with thinned royal icing.
11. Once the royal icing is dry you can add your shingles. Some of them I trimmed to fit around the windows. Start at the bottom of the roof and work your way up, layering the shingles on top of each other. I used black royal icing as glue. I also outlined the windows and added some dots for details. Don’t forget the silver dragees for door knobs!
12. Next came the pumpkins
13. Next, I affixed my spider webs with royal icing at an angle for an additional 3D effect! I added my spooky spider…complete with sugar pearl eyeballs!
14. Make sure all your icing is dry and then you are ready to assemble!
I added a little "pulled pearl" border in black royal icing on the
edge of my shingles to make a clean edge
I hope you have a Happy and Safe Halloween! Enjoy!