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.
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.
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.
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.
Make extras to allow for breakage; let dry.
Decorate cookies with royal icing. For ghosts, pipe tip 2 dot eyes and mouth, tip 1 dot pupils and tongues, tip 4 dot cheeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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I made this for our Family Halloween party and it was a hit! I placed all the family members names on the tombstones. The tombstones and ghosts were cookies with icing and I used edible markers to put the names on. I made trees out of candy sticks and the trunks were pretzels covered in fondant. I drapped spider webs on the trees that I bought at the dollar store. THe house was probably the trickiest part. Getting the sides to stay together was alittle challenging. I had started to put it together before putting it on the cake and then changed my mind when I had trouble keeping the sides together, so I assembled on the cake and that seemed to help with the support of the walls. But it all came together and was fantastic. Nobody wanted to take it apart to eat it.