Haunted Sugar Cookie House
For best results, make this a two-day project.
Prepare 2 batches of Welcome Home Cookies. Divide the dough into 3 parts, and color one part orange, one purple and one black. For the black dough, you will need to add 2 to 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the dough before using the black food dye. Once your dough is colored, divide each color into 2 disks, ending up with 6 disks of dough. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 to 2 hours. While dough is chilling, mix up batches of fondant and glaze and set aside.
To make Haunted House:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 to 5 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Place parchment paper or waxed paper on work surface. Dust with flour. Take one disk of dough at a time; use a rolling pin to roll dough out to an even 1/4 inch thickness. If dough sticks, dust lightly with flour.
Place pattern pieces on rolled out dough, and cut around edges using a small, sharp knife or pizza cutter, wiping blade after each cut.
Bake cookies until edges are just beginning to darken, and cookies looks dry. Large pieces will take approximately 14 to 16 minutes, medium pieces about 12 to 14 minutes, and smaller pieces 6 to 8 minutes. While cookies are still slightly warm, lay pattern pieces on top and use a large, sharp knife or pizza cutter to trim any parts that have spread beyond the pattern during baking. Once you have trimmed your finished cookie pieces, you can tape your paper pieces together to see how the finished house will look. This is a great tool to use for planning your decorations.
Cool cookie pieces on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before removing to cooling racks to cool completely. While cookies are cooling, prepare Domino® Royal Icing and Domino® Simple Glaze.
Decorating the Haunted Sugar Cookie House:
Place parchment paper or waxed paper on work surface. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Take a piece of fondant and form into a disc. With rolling pin, roll fondant evenly to 1/8 inch thickness. If fondant starts to stick, dust with additional confectioners’ sugar. Cut fondant pieces with assorted Halloween cookie cutters and set aside.
Royal Icing can be used as is, or you can dye it any color. Don’t forget, if you decide to dye it black, be sure to use cocoa powder before adding black food dye. Fill a pastry bag or zipper-style freezer bag with royal icing. If using freezer bag, snip 1/4 inch off corner. Pipe a thick line of icing along the side and bottom of one of the sides of the house, and along the bottom of the front cookie piece. Press the iced side piece against the edge of the front piece, and position the two pieces onto the cookie base. You might want to seek the help of a friend or family member to help you hold pieces in place until icing is partially set. Repeat this step again to complete other sides of house. Pipe icing along seams, inside and outside of house, to fill any open spaces. Allow icing to set for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Once icing has dried enough so that base structure is solid, you can work on roof. Pipe icing all along top edges of structure. Place roof pieces so that long ends of rectangle are running along top of house. Meet the two pieces at top, and pipe line of Royal Icing to connect two pieces and place them on top of house. Hold roof pieces in place with light pressure for few minutes until they are set. Using your pastry bag, outline the triangle roof pieces with royal icing and attach them to the roof.
Let the haunted house stand for 1 to 2 hours or overnight if possible, before final decorating. When house is set and dry, it's time to decorate! Use Royal Icing in pastry bag as "glue" to attach, window, doors, front step, tombstones and fondant cut outs! To attach the front door panel, simple place a good amount of icing onto the back of the panel and press gently to the front of your house. Hold it in place for 15 seconds, then carefully remove your hands.
To create the spider web window, create three concentric circles on your cookie using the pastry bag filled with Royal Icing. Then using a toothpick, start from the center of the cookie and drag the icing to create the web. Your friendly neighborhood spider can be made with candy or fondant icing. Allow spider web window to dry for one hour before attaching to the front of your house.
When baking Haunted House cookie pieces, place similar shapes together on cookie sheets to ensure even baking. Different shapes will bake at different times. If reusing pans, be sure to cool and replace parchment paper before next batch.