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Haunted Gingerbread House

Haunted Gingerbread House

Create a creepy gingerbread house decorated with your favorite candies and cookies. It's a fun project for the entire family!


Gingerbread and Decorations



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9-inch square pan and 15 x 10 x 1-inch rectangular pan.
  2. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening and molasses until well blended.
  3. Stir in cold water.
  4. Stir in remaining gingerbread ingredients except candies.
  5. Press one-third of dough into square pan; press remaining dough into rectangular pan.
  6. Bake 1 pan at a time about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes; turn upside down onto large cutting surface.
  8. Immediately cut as shown in diagram (cut windows if desired).
  9. Cool completely, about 25 minutes.
  10. In medium bowl, mix 1 cup of the powdered sugar and remaining frosting ingredients until smooth.
  11. Stir in enough remaining powdered sugar to make stiff frosting. (If frosting becomes too stiff, stir in additional milk.)
  12. Decorate front of house as desired using frosting and assorted candies and cookies.
  13. For windows as shown in photo, cut yellow tissue paper slightly larger than outline of windows. Brush paper with vegetable oil and "glue" to back side of windows, using frosting.
  14. Use frosting to attach supports to back of house, sidewalk to front of house, door and sign to front of house and fence to sidewalk.
  15. Complete decorating as desired.

Haunted Gingerbread House Pattern

Yield: 30 servings

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 155 (Calories from Fat 35 ); Total Fat 4 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 110 mg; Total Carbohydrate 28 g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 2 g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2 %; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 8 %; Iron 12 %

Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1/2 Fat

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit: Betty Crocker/General Mills

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