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Halloween Homebodies Cookies

It’s an address definitely possessed for the holidays. There are multiple things going on everywhere you glance at this location. First, a very detailed and decorated cookie house, complete with ghosts, bats and a gigantic moon. Next, a lawn covered with cookie tombstones, ghosts, pumpkins, bats, tinted coconut grass and spiked fences.

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Difficulty: Somewhat Easy



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Instructions:

Step 1

In advance: Decorate cookie house following kit instructions; set aside. Also: Make cookies. Tint 1/3 of dough light gray and a small portion dark gray. Roll out light gray dough; using Halloween metal cutters cut 8-10 tombstone cookies. Thin dark gray dough with water to piping consistency; outline tombstones with tip 6. Roll out plain dough. Using patterns, cut 1 cat cookie support and 30 to 36 large cookie supports.

Step 2

Using Halloween metal cutters, cut 4 ghosts. Using Halloween mini cutters, cut 4 bats, 2 skulls and 1 cat. Using 2 smallest nesting ghost cutters, cut 5 ghosts in each size, reversing some. Also cut 1 large round cookie for moon.

Step 3

Bake and cool all cookies. Cover all cookies except tombstones with thinned royal icing; let dry. Make 4 small, 7 medium and 10 large fence sections using full-strength royal icing. Tape patterns to board and cover with waxed paper; secure with tape. Pipe tip 7 horizontal posts, tip 5 vertical posts and tip 3 points on top of posts.

Step 4

Make extras to allow for breakage; let dry.

Step 5

Decorate cookies with royal icing. For ghosts, pipe tip 2 dot eyes and mouth, tip 1 dot pupils and tongues, tip 4 dot cheeks.

Step 6

For bats and cats, pipe tip 1 dot and string eyes, mouths and whiskers. Position skulls on waxed paper. Pipe tip 1 dot and string facial features. Separately pipe tip 5 outline arms, 1 1/2 in. long; add tip 2 hands and pull-out fingers. Color lollipop sticks with violet FoodWriter.

Step 7

Attach ghosts, 3 bats and moon cookie to lollipop sticks with royal icing (use 11 3/4 in. sticks for moon, bats and 3 ghosts raised above display). Attach remaining bat cookie to moon. For tombstones, print tip 1 message; let dry. Attach supports to cookie backs with royal icing (use 2 supports for large cookies); let dry.

Step 8

For fence bases, cut cardboard in 1 x 1 1/2, 1 x 2 1/2 and 1 x 4 in. sizes. Cut 2 extra 1 x 2 1/2 in. bases for skulls and arms. For fence sections, pipe tip 1D band (smooth side up) on each base; insert fence sections and let set. For skulls and arms, attach to base with dots of royal icing.

Step 9

Assemble display using craft foam sheets. Tint coconut green; position around house and cookies.

*Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green used for skull head, hands and bat facial features. Combine Brown with Red-Red for skull arms.