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Frightfully Fun Halloween Cookie House #2


Add a bit of fright to your Halloween night as you decorate this cookie house! Kids and adults will have a frightening good time choosing one of the two creepy designs and decorating with colored icing, fondant and candy.
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Step 1

Make front door. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut out door, 1 1/4 in. wide x 2 1/2 in. high, and attach. Use black icing to outline doorframe and to pipe hinges and dot doorknob.

Step 2

Make front windows. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut out two windows, each 5/8 in. wide x 1 1/2 in. high, and attach. Use black icing to outline windows and to pipe windowpanes. Attach candy underneath windows.

Step 3

Make side and back windows. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut six rectangle windows, each 1 in. wide x 2 1/4 in. high, and two circle windows, each 1 1/4 in. dia. Attach. Use black icing to outline windows and to pipe windowpanes. Attach candy underneath windows.

Step 4

Outline house. Use purple icing to pipe lines under eaves and at base of house. Pipe double lines at corners of house. Pat double lines smooth. Pipe horizontal lines 1/2 in. apart on each panel.

Step 5

Decorate roof. Use black icing to outline roof shingles. Attach candy to roof peak.

Step 6

Decorate base. Use spatula and black icing to ice pathway. Use toothpick to draw cracks. Attach candy to front corners of house and for pathway.

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Techniques Used

Hold bag at a 45° angle and touch tip to the surface. Squeeze at starting point so that icing sticks to surface. Now raise tip slightly, and as you squeeze, guide tip slightly above surface. To end outline, stop squeezing, touch tip to surface and pull tip away. After outline, fill in using a zigzag motion to fill area. Pat smooth using finger dipped in cornstarch.

The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

Striking drama and great dimension can be added to gingerbread with the creative touches of zigzags. Just a simple back and forth motion can form beautiful drifts of snow on roofs, eaves, windowsills, and borders for doors.

An architectural flair and welcoming appeal can be achieved by adding artistic windowpanes to a gingerbread house. Beautiful small paned windows, front bay windows and even cathedral windows can be made in a few easy steps.

There's no need to have a plain gingerbread house roof if you have a spatula on hand. Many different textures can be created by using a spatula to make a look of fallen snow, shingles and stucco.

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

Icicles capture the magical moment of snow falling and gracefully trailing down a winter cottage. Add this magical look effect to roof edges, windowsills and trees.

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