I love Halloween. It’s so much fun to decorate, dress up and there are just so many fun foods and recipes to make. I could start on October 1st and make a recipe each day and never come close to covering all the cool stuff. I spent a little time this weekend working on some fun projects.
The folks at Good Cook challenged me to whip up a gingerbread house using the Haunted House Cookie Cutter Set. I have to admit this was my first attempt at doing a gingerbread house from scratch. I love making gingerbread cut out cookies but have never tried to assemble the cookies into a house. The boys and I have assembled a pre-made set before and it was fairly simple. We had fun putting together the haunted house but my boys heavy handed decorating style caused a few issues. I would recommend building the house around a cardboard box if you try this at home.
The cookie cutters were simple to use and while our house didn’t fit together perfectly, it was a ton of fun. Now that we have the set, I think this will be a yearly tradition here at my house.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sift flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt into a large bowl and set aside.
- Use a mixer to combine butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add molasses, egg and vanilla to butter/sugar mixture and mix well.
- Slowly add flour mixture and mix well.
- Remove dough and wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly flour your work surface and roll dough to ¼ inch thickness
- Use a cookie cutter to form gingerbread men shapes.
- Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set.
- Cool on baking rack.
- Decorate cooled cookies as desired.