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Haunted Gingerbread House

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  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 25 min
  • Servings 30
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Create a creepy gingerbread house decorated with your favorite candies and cookies. It's a fun project for the entire family!
Updated Oct 4, 2022
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Gingerbread and Decorations

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup full-flavor molasses
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Assorted candies and cookies


  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon full-flavor molasses
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square pan and 15x10x1-inch rectangular pan. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening and molasses until well blended. Stir in cold water. Stir in remaining gingerbread ingredients except candies. Press one-third of dough into square pan; press remaining dough into rectangular pan.
  • 2
    Bake 1 pan at a time about 15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center. Cool 5 minutes; turn upside down onto large cutting surface. Immediately cut house (and windows if desired), supports, doors and fence. (See link below for diagram.) Cool completely, about 25 minutes.
  • 3
    In medium bowl, mix 1 cup of the powdered sugar and remaining frosting ingredients until smooth. Stir in enough remaining powdered sugar to make stiff frosting. (If frosting becomes too stiff, stir in additional milk.)
  • 4
    Decorate front of house as desired using frosting and assorted candies and cookies. 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. 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. Complete decorating as desired.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Didn’t use up all of the frosting and decorations? Spread leftover cookies with frosting for a sweet treat.
  • tip 2
    Invite neighborhood kids over for a “house decorating” party. Have the gingerbread base made and assembled, and set toppings out in separate bowls. Make a batch of gingersnaps to serve to your crew. Decorating a house can be hard work!
  • tip 3
    Your haunted gingerbread house is made from natural ingredients so should be kept for one holiday only. It's so simple to create, you’ll want to make it bigger and better next year.


155 Calories, 4 g Total Fat, 2 g Protein, 28 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
4 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
110 mg
250 mg
Total Carbohydrate
28 g
Dietary Fiber
2 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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