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I know, I know. It’s only mid-September, but come September 1, I’m sipping pumpkin-spiced lattes and prepping for Halloween (my favorite holiday). On a recent trip to Target, I was inspired by all of the colorful candy, and it made me wonder: If Christmas can have candy-covered gingerbread houses, then why can’t Halloween have haunted chocolate cookie houses? So I grabbed a few bags of treats and started baking!
My annual Fall Target Shopping Trip is one of my favorite ways to welcome the season. I find a quiet afternoon or evening where I can wander the whole store, admiring all of the fall arrivals and savoring each orange-colored item. Only at Target can you find the candies that I used in my haunted chocolate cookie house:
- M&M’S Boo-tterscotch candies and
- DOVE Milk Chocolate Ghosts
- Starburst Halloween Mix
I had SO much fun building and decorating this house, not to mention picking out all the candy. This is my kind of trick-or-treating!
Here’s how you can create your own haunted cookie house using these fun and colorful treats…
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Haunted Chocolate Cookie House
Step 1: The Chocolate Cookie Walls
Not in the mood to bake your own cookie walls? Chocolate or plain graham crackers will work just as well. It will just be trickier to cut out windows.
If you prefer baking your own customizable chocolate walls, I suggest using this fabulous recipe from Baking A Moment. It’s a strong, workable dough that doesn’t spread during baking. One batch of dough will make one small square house (4 walls and a roof) with a couple pieces leftover to play with. Here’s how to make your walls:
- Chill 1 batch of chocolate sugar cookie dough for 30 minutes in freezer
- Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.
- Roll each piece on a lightly floured piece of plastic wrap.
- Roll into a 1/2″ thick square.
- Using a ruler and paring knife, cut out 4 walls that are 4″ wide and 5″ long.
- Make sure your lines are straight and not leaning.
Next, take your paring knife and carefully cut out small windows.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Carefully flip your wall off the plastic wrap and place on parchment paper.
Even out your lines again, by pushing them into place with a rubber spatula.
Repeat with remaining dough pieces, refreshing the plastic wrap as needed.
Bake at 375˚ for 10 minutes. Do not underbake or the walls will be too soft.
Carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack and COOL COMPLETELY.
Got leftover dough scraps? Cut out some chocolate cookie bats!
Step 2: The Sticky “Glue” Icing
To hold your spooky creation together, don’t waste time buying store-bought icing. IT WON’T BE STRONG ENOUGH!
This super sticky glue icing recipe has a super-strong bond, and I highly recommend it. All you need is powdered sugar, meringue powder, a little water and some gel food coloring.
To create the deep orange color, add 1/4th teaspoon yellow and 1/4 teaspoon red gel color to the icing BEFORE adding the water. That way you won’t water down your icing glue.
- Pipe out a square with the icing on a large plate or cakestand.
- Pipe icing along the length of one side of a cookie wall and set down on one leg of the icing square.
- Take another cookie wall and lightly place it up against the icing that was piped along the edge of the first wall. Hold for 30 seconds.
- Repeat with remaining walls.
- Unwrap a DOVE Milk Chocolate Ghost and flatten out the wrapper. Pipe icing along the top and bottom of the wrapper and attach behind a window hole.
- Glue more ghosts to remaining windows.
- Pipe icing around the top of the house and set a cookie wall down over the top for a flat roof.
Step 3: The Decorations!
I used the following to decorate my haunted chocolate cookie house:
- M&M’S White Boo-terscotch candies
- DOVE Milk Chocolate Ghosts (and wrappers!)
- Starburst Halloween Mix (and wrappers!)
- Candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins
- Mini pretzels
- Mini marshmallows
- Chocolate cookie bats (made from cookie dough scraps)
- Small branch for tree
- Small pear to stabilize tree
For easier decorating, empty all your candy decorations into bowls.
M&M’S make the perfect borders for windows, and Starburst can easily be shaped into headstones. Then I used the wrappers for grass.
To add some flair to the roof:
- Construct a chimney out of 4 small cookie rectangles and icing (I used a leftover wall for the chimney pieces).
- Place a few mini marshmallows on a toothpick and dab with black or brown food color for a smoke effect.
- “Glue” mini pretzels all the way around the rooftop to create a widow’s walk.
- Since cats like to watch over everything, cut a curious kitty from a Bewitched Blueberry Starburst wrapper.
My friend Rebecca came to help and made her own clever house. Only, instead of adding a roof, she left the top open creating the perfect haunted chocolate cookie candy dish!
Friends, baking, creating, candy–what a perfect way to welcome the Halloween season!