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.
Make front door. Use purple icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth. Use black icing to outline and fill in door window and awning. Pat smooth. Use black icing to pipe windowpanes. Use purple icing to outline door and awning, and to pipe windowpanes on awning. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut out nine strips, each 1 1/2 in. to 2 in. long x 3/8 in. wide. Use toothpick to mark wood grain, and trim ends to look jagged. Attach two strips to door. Use black icing to pipe dot nail heads. Reserve remaining fondant strips.
Make front windows. Use black icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Use purple icing to outline windows and to pipe windowpanes. Attach two fondant strips and candy above main window. Use black icing to pipe dot nail heads on fondant strips and accent on small window.
Make side and back windows. Use black icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Use purple icing to outline windows and to pipe windowpanes. Attach two fondant strips to each window. Use black icing to pipe dot nail heads on fondant strips.
Outline house. Use purple icing to pipe lines under eaves, and at base and corners of house. Attach candy to corners of house.
Decorate roof. Use black icing to outline and fill in holes. Pat smooth. Use purple icing to pipe rows, including eaves. Use spatula to smooth rows and toothpick to mark wood grain. Attach candy to roof peak.
Decorate base. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut out strip, 4 in. long x 1 1/2 in. wide, and attach for pathway. Use black icing to outline fondant. Attach candy.
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.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.
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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.