Scare Up Some Fun and Memories with the Wilton Haunted House Cookie Kit

October 5th, 2010 by Emilie Pianfetti

I have a confession to make. Even though I love to bake, I have never made a gingerbread house. Unless of course you count those simple ones from elementary school made from graham crackers and regular tub frosting, which I won’t. I’m a total cookie house newbie and I couldn’t wait to discover if I was missing out.

Haunted House Cookie Kit After having the full cookie house experience, I can say if you are looking for a unique and entertaining activity for your family or just a great afternoon project for yourself, the Wilton Pre-Baked Cookie House Kit is a fabulous choice. I’m happy to show you just how simple it is to create your own and get into the Halloween spirit!

The kit comes everything you need and instructions for three spooky versions of a haunted house. For those of you like to get extra creative you can design your own masterpiece from the materials enclosed.

To start, prepare your base enclosed by cutting along the fold and removing the smaller piece. Unfortunately my base accidentally got recycled after the kit was prematurely opened by my boys so I improvised with the gingerbread cookie cardboard base. (Being flexible is one thing motherhood has taught me well!)

Decide on what house you would like to create and prepare the icing color used to assemble the house. Simply beat the icing packet and water together with an electric mixer. It should be the consistency of toothpaste and when it dries it will become hard and hold like glue.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

After cutting approximately 3/4 inch off the pointed end of the decorating bag and inserting a tip, add your icing to the bag with a spatula and twist the bag closed. Be sure to place a damp cloth over the bowl of remaining icing to prevent drying.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

Ten gingerbread house pieces are included with the kit. As you can see, one of my pieces was broken but that is really no biggie. Just a bit of the black icing used like glue and it was as good as new once it had the chance to dry!

Haunted House Cookie Kit

Pipe icing along the bottom and sides of the side and front walls and join the pieces. Hold in place for a few minutes and prop with heavy jars or cans if necessary.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

I found this process fairly simple once I enlisted the help of my husband. Having an extra pair of hands made it much smoother! Attach the back wall in the same way and wait an hour to give it a chance to set.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

While it is suggested to make the edges completely straight by trimming with a sharp knife, I was lazy felt our gingerbread was straight enough and I simply filled the slight gaps in using a toothpick and black icing.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

You’ll need an hour for your house to dry before proceeding with the roof so be sure to plan for this break. Prepare the orange icing, fill second decorating bag with it and place a damp cloth over it shortly before the roof is ready to be attached.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

Attach the roof panels by piping icing along inside edges of panels and peaked edge middle portion of the front and back walls and press into place. Attach the rest of the roof panels in much the same way. My husband and I made a great tag team for this process with me piping the icing and him placing the gingerbread.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

By this point our boys, Lucian and Warren were pumped about the cool house that was formed. Unfortunately the steps to build the gingerbread house are a bit complicated for them at ages four and two and by this time they were a bit antsy to start decorating the actual house.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

If you feel these added steps are a major pain rather than half the fun and you want to start decorating right away, this Pre-Assembled Halloween Cookie House Kit is for you!

Now it is time to get down to business! If you are looking for this to be a family activity, what your child can do will really depend upon your desired outcome and the age of your children. Because this was my first house and I really wanted to try out the kit instructions to see what it was like, I decided to do a lot of the decorating myself and let my boys help where they could.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

The instructions included with cookie kit told me step by step how to best create the “Gone Haunting” design I chose and made it simple. Some of the process was easy to allow my children to help. My two year old assisted by smoothing out the windows with his powdered sugar coated finger. He loved this part!

Haunted House Cookie Kit

After finishing up the detail around the windows and door frame, my four year old carefully helped me attach candies.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

If my children were a bit older the task of frosting the top of the roof would have been perfect for them!

Haunted House Cookie Kit

This project was a lot of fun for me to do and trust me, I am not an artist. I loved having a visual and instructions to create this amazing gingerbread house because drawing freehand is not comfortable for me at all.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

I had a great sense of pride after finishing this house and it makes for a very fun Halloween decoration. My boys both love to check it out daily as it sits on our buffet. I hope to continue this activity each Halloween (and Christmas) and will save each to bring out the following year. Nothing brings back special memories like a tradition that includes quality time with family.

Haunted House Cookie Kit

The Wilton Cookie House Kit is an inexpensive way to share time and create lasting memories with loved ones! Look for them at major retailers nationwide or purchase them from Wilton.com.

This guest post courtesy of Emilie Pianfetti, a Wilton Mom Ambassador. Emilie is the co-author of the baking blog Oh My! Sugar High and owner/author of Baby Loving Mama, a blog dedicated to reviews, giveaways, favorite family recipes and funny stories about motherhood.

Emilie Pianfetti Emilie is the co-author of the baking blog Oh My! Sugar High and owner/author of Baby Loving Mama, a blog dedicated to reviews, giveaways, favorite family recipes and funny stories about motherhood. She is also a Wilton Mom Ambassador. Emilie grew up surrounded by scrumptious baked goods from her mom, a true bakeaholic who has passed the trait on to her daughter. With two small boys and a husband who love sweet treats, she loves trying new recipes to satisfy the sweet tooth and enjoys sharing her love of baking with her readers!

13 Replies

  1. Silvia says:

    Hermosa,muy buena y muy bien explicada!

  2. Emilie, I already subscribe to your Sugar High blog, great stuff! I really like the step by step instruction for this blog post. Very well explained.

  3. Angela Watkins says:

    What a great post. I just picked up a ‘flat-pack’ kit the other day and this has given me some great ideas for decorating it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Maria Rita says:

    Muito bonito, bem explicado o passo a passo.

  5. [...] I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out and look forward to making another one for Christmas! If you would like to read about my full gingerbread house making experience, visit my guest post on the Wilton A Piece of Cake blog. [...]

  6. KAYALE GRACE says:

    HELLO

    whenever i open my email, i find new idears from wiliton,
    please thank you.
    sorry to pass onto you this, on 5/10/2010 i lost my dad & he had good plans for me as far as bakery is concern.

  7. lloyd says:

    Thanks it’s fun,great job.

  8. [...] The brownie pop treats were of course just one of the many Halloween goodies we baked this year. You can visit my co-authored baking blog, Oh My! Sugar High to check out all of the other Wilton Sweet Eats we made! And while you’re browsing Halloween recipe ideas, be sure to check out the Wilton Piece of Cake Blog where my baking blog co-author Emilie did a fantastic step by step post on the Haunted House Cookie Kit! [...]

  9. Melissa says:

    Dear Wilton Corporation- ONE more measly photo/illustration in the instruction booklet would have made all the difference in the world in the battle against your stupid Halloween Cookie House Kit!!! Instead I had to be frustrated to the point of needing a cocktail, assemble and disassemble (getting frosting all over the kitchen in the process) before consulting the Wilton BLOG!!!!

    • Victoria Japlon says:

      Thank you for the feedback. I am the Product Manager for Gingerbread and the customer’s enjoyment and satisfaction in our product is a top priority. While we have had heard from many consumers who have enjoyed sharing time with family and friends with our Halloween House, we will take your comments under advisement. Happy Halloween!

  10. This post rocks Emilie! Can’t wait to read more of your holiday posts! :)

  11. [...] when I was putting it together. I thought I was a pro after my husband and I assembled my Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House but this was actually harder. With smaller pieces and four different house designs (two were the [...]

  12. Sherron says:

    No one in my family eats gingerbread cookies, would I be able to make the house from sugar or butter cookies?

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