As a Good Cook Kitchen Expert I received Good Cook products to facilitate our delicious Halloween Haunted Gingerbread House. No other compensation was received All opinions are my own.
Every now and then I get an urge to be adventurous and try the ever elusive Gingerbread house. Growing up, my mom only ever made one gingerbread house and then vowed, “never again!” Gingerbread houses are not the easiest to create! But this month our author Celeste and I accepted the Sweet Creations by Good Cook challenge to use the Haunted House Cookie Cutter Set from Good Cook to create a Haunted House Gingerbread house. They sent us the kit solely for the purpose of our review and tutorial, and we took it from there.
Haunted Gingerbread house tutorial
The new Good Cook Haunted House cookie set is awesome, as it comes with all the cookie cutters you need to create your spooky gingerbread house. With cookie cutters, spooky stamps and all. Plus a recipe. But you can really use any gingerbread recipe you like. Once you have your dough just use the large house cutters to cut out two of the large house stamps, two of the medium and four of the small. This will give you a front and back, two sides and four of the small pieces for the roof. Place each cookie cut out on the tray you will bake them on. Then turn the cookie cutter over and use it to “stamp” each piece with the haunted house design! It turns out super cute! And I love how easy it makes creating the scene and designs on the house to be baked right in! It surely helps taking on a spooky effect a lot easier in my opinion. After the cookies are all cooked, then comes the hard part. Seriously this is where it gets scary! Putting the Haunted Gingerbread house together. This is not for the beginning baker. But that’s OK! Even if your house falls apart, you can still salvage it with candy and goodies to make it look like a haunted house that is falling apart! Celeste, worked and worked on getting this house to stay together. And finally ended up just using hot glue to keep the walls up. But if you are really skilled and have some truly amazing construction frosting you may not have to use hot glue. Then comes the fun part. Decorating! This is where you can just let your imagination go wild! And also a great time to include the kids! They have a blast adding candies and monsters and frosting! We used a lot of traditional Halloween candy and Life cereal for the roof decor. And even some green licorice! Didn’t Celeste do such an awesome job decorating for me? Candy corn, candy pumpkins, and lots of frosting make great starts to decorating. Then allow your own creativity to take over or your kid’s creativity. It’s all about having fun together and it can be as spooky or silly as you want it to be. If your haunted gingerbread house ends up cracking or breaking; use that to your advantage. Use your frosting and decorating skills to make it look like it was on purpose if you can. But the most important part is to just have fun with it. They make excellent center pieces for your upcoming Halloween parties too! Good Cook is offering a 25% off coupon to goodcook.com for any Sweet Creations Halloween product. Use CODE: HAUNTED23
Want to win a fun Haunted House Party kit? Come enter our Sweet Creations from Good Cook Halloween Haunted House party kit giveaway from 10/16/2013- 10/30/2013. The giveaway will be open to USA only! And a quick hint; the first entry is to comment on this post, so be sure to leave a comment before heading over there so you don’t have to return. (Saying, “thanks for the giveaway” is not a valid comment entry for the giveaway).
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Thursday 31st of October 2013
I love the idea of a haunted gingerbread house! Halloween is my favorite holiday so I'm always looking for new ideas.
Thursday 31st of October 2013
I've always wanted to make a gingerbread house, but figured it'd end up looking like a gingerbread crack house. This is a great idea, especially for a first timer, since, as you said, it's okay for a haunted house to look like it's falling down. I also am curious, the little green mummy/Frankenstein dude standing by the door - did one of you make him, or was he pre-purchased? Because he's awesome!
Wednesday 30th of October 2013
I've never done a haunted gingerbread house before, just a regular gingerbread house. I would put frosting spiderwebs on the windows of mine.