One way to take the edge off of the creepy factor that rules Halloween is to add a little sugar. We think it’s the sweetest solution for keeping your Halloween foods fright-free. Tombstones and spiders won’t freak out your party guests if they know it’s just dessert!
So for Halloween, we wanted to take the idea of a gingerbread house and flip it for spooky season. We started with basic sugar cookie dough and baked a few cookies to create walls and a roof. With a batch of royal icing, you can turn those cookies into a house by following the tutorial below step by step. We simplified the process with a printable template to help you complete the construction.
This sugar cookie Haunted House was made by @ally.bakes. She knows how to turn all things sweet into treats you’ll love to eat. Check out her Instagram to see more of her work.
Materials Needed for Cookie Haunted House
- Sugar Cookie Dough (Get the Recipe here)
- Haunted House Template PDF
- Scribe OR Toothpick
- Gel Food Coloring
- Black, purple, Orange, Green
- Edible Black Marker
- Royal Icing (Get the Recipe here)
- Isomalt Crystals
- Any fun decorating candy supplies!
- Simple Black Cake (Learn how to make it here)
- Piping bags
- Piping Tips & Bags
- Tips Needed: Wilton Tip #12 (round tip), #104 (angled tip), #352 (leaf tip),
- Round tip food-safe paintbrush
Haunted Cookie House Instructions
First, you’ll need to make a batch of sugar cookie dough and royal icing. Print out the haunted house template and cut the shapes out of the paper. Use the templates to cut sugar cookie shapes into rolled out dough.
TIP: Make sure to refrigerate the cut sugar cookie dough in the fridge for at least 10 minutes. We want the dough to keep its shape and not expand. Cooled sugar cookie dough holds its shape better when baking.
We’ll start off decorating the roof! Mix black gel food coloring with your royal icing. There is no need to change the consistency of the icing – we want it stiff!
Using a large round tip, pipe little circles in a line across the roof. Using the round paintbrush, you’ll want to press down at an angle on each little piped circle. Drag the brush down. This will make round shingles for the roof.
Continue to add rows of circles and use the brush to make the shingle shapes. Repeat this step for the remaining cookie roof.
Once the roof is completely dry, you can add a big spider on top! Simply pipe a large circular shape onto the roof. Then pipe a few legs. I used candy eyes for the final details!
To give the windows a clear glass look, you’ll want to boil together 1 cup of Isomalt crystals and ¼ cup of water. Once it is boiling and looks like the consistency of syrup, it’s ready! Just spoon it into the window areas of the house. Make sure you have parchment paper and a smooth surface underneath when doing so. Let it dry before continuing to work on the cookie.
Next, using the same icing as the roof, but with the #104 tip, we’ll be working on adding siding to the walls of the house. It is important that you begin from the very bottom of the house and work your way up. It helps to rotate the walls while completing this step. Overlap the icing just a little bit to give it the right look. Do this for all the sides of the house. Use your toothpick or scribe to clean up any messes.
Next, using the door cookie cutout, mix your royal icing to have a flood consistency and mix it with purple gel food coloring. Pipe the entire door purple. Once dry, use an edible black marker and draw on some wood grain to give it texture.
Once the siding is completely dry, flip all four sides over. Let’s create the look of curtains on the inside of the house so that we can see it through the glass on the outside. Mix royal icing and purple gel food coloring together. No need to change the consistency, we’ll want it stiff! Pipe on the curtains over the corners and sides of the inside windows.
Next, we’ll add in some ghosts on the inside of the windows too! We’ll use the black icing that we used for the roof and siding. Take your scribe and dip it into the icing. Place little dots of icing onto the window creating a ghost face. Once you have that done, mix the royal icing to a flood consistency. Pipe onto the face and a little over and under the window. Make sure to not use the scribe or toothpick to move the icing around – you might accidentally remove the face you just made! You can do this to as many of the windows as you’d like!
Once the ghosts and curtains are dry, flip the sides back over so we can see the outside of the house. You can add some color to the siding. Just mix a little bit of purple gel food coloring with lemon extract and paint on to the siding to give it a washed out look.
Add in some spider webs. Mix your royal icing to a consistency that is slightly harder than flood consistency but not too stiff – like toothpaste consistency. To make spider webs, simply start with a small wave-like shape and follow that with a couple more. On the tip of the wave shapes, connect all of them with a line across. Add in some small black spiders too!
Let’s add some greenery to the house. Using a small round tip, draw some swirly lines for vines. Next, use the tip #352 – leaf tip, and pipe on some green leaves to the vines.
Add pumpkins for a pop of color! Mix the royal icing with orange gel food coloring. Pipe a line and then curve the lines as you go out to create a pumpkin.
Finally, once the entire house is dry, we can assemble the pieces together! I suggest using kitchen items to help hold the sides in place while the royal icing dries and bonds the sides together. Simply use the royal icing to bond the pieces.
Using flameless tea lights, place the tealights where you are going to put the Halloween sugar cookie house. In this case, we’re putting our haunted Halloween house onto a simple black-spotted cake!
Remember our door? Now we can add it in! We can leave it ajar so that looks like something creepy might burst out! You can use royal icing on the bottom and side to secure it to the surface.
Now, if you come across any fun decorating candy, I suggest using it to enhance your haunted Halloween scenery! I found these creepy gems at Walmart.
And there you have it! A creepy-crawly haunted Halloween house that will make everyone oooh and ahhh!