While they were a bit of a labor of love, they were so much fun! They would be a great center piece to any Halloween spread.
And sure, you may be thinking, “why didn’t you build a whole 3-D Haunted House?” I’ll tell you why! Because they are a pain in the butt! I rarely have success constructing a 3-D cookie house (like a gingerbread house), which is why I love to make single cookies and then do something extra special with them!
What You Need
To make these cookies, you will need some cookie dough to cut out the cookies. I used my favorite chocolate sugar cookie recipe because I wanted the cookies to be darker. But you could use a plain sugar cookie recipe, as well.
Cutting them into the haunted house shape will require a bit of McGuivering. I printed out outlines of houses from the Internet, then used that as a template to cut out the house and to mark the windows and doors.
You could also use a cookie cutter, which they do make in Haunted House shape. I just wanted my houses to be a bit bigger than that.
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, you will need the following to complete the decorating:
Royal icing in piping consistency in various shades (I used light and dark grey, brown, dark red, white, orange, and yellow)
Royal icing in flood consistency in dark grey
Royal icing in a thin glaze in white or light grey
Piping bags or zip-top bags
Paint brushes only used for food
A scribe tool or toothpicks
A bench scraper or other straight edge
How to Make Them
These cookies would be so cute on their own, but I have something special in mind for them which I will share later this week!