Spooky Ginger Cookie House
An extremely important element of a healthy diet is moderation. These are a delightful thing to treat yourself with, especially on a holiday. They are high in calories, fat, and sugar, but they still contain energizing carbs and health benefits from the spices, including anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.
Let your kids decorate these with you for a fun, Halloween activity!
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter
- 1 ⅔ cups light brown sugar
- 6 Tbsps Golden syrup
- 3 Tbsps black Molasses (molasses)
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tsps baking soda
- 1 Tbsp Ginger powder
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp grated Nutmeg
- 3 tsps Mixed spice
- To decorate
- 4 cups powdered sugar (see note)
- 1 cup green Fondant
- 1 cup orange Fondant
- 1 stick Licorice (cut into pieces)
- purple piping icing
- Halloween Candy
If you can't find royal icing sugar, use the following: 3.5 cups icing (confectioners') sugar 5 tbsp meringue powder 0.5 tsp cream of tartar 3 tbsp water Mix together all the ingredients and beat well. Add more water until smooth and thick. Continue to beat until stiff.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2-3 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
Mix together the flour, baking soda, and spices. Add the melted butter and mix to form a stiff dough. Add a little more flour if the mixture is too soft.
Shape the dough into a ball and knead for 2 minutes. Divide 2/3 of the dough into 6 equal pieces and roll out each to a thickness of 1/4".
Cut out templates from card or baking paper: 6 x 3 1/2" rectangles (sides); 7 x 3 1/2" rectangles, each topped with a 3 3/4"-high triangle (gable ends); 6 x 7 1/2" rectangles (roof). Use these to cut the shapes from the 6 pieces of dough. Roll out the remaining dough into an 8" square.