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Witch’s Gingerbread House

This Witch’s Gingerbread House is a perfect addition to all Halloween festivities. I iced the house with royal icing and adorned it with decorated gingerbread bats, witch hat and black cat cookies. Let me show you how to make it with my DIY cookie decorating tutorial.

Decorated gingerbread house for halloween.

Updated post from 2014

HOW TO MAKE WITCH’S GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Decorated halloween gingerbread house displayed on a cake stand.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE PANELS AND COOKIE DECORATIONS

Let’s start with gingerbread cookie dough. To make this wizardly gingerbread house I used gingerbread cookie dough recipe for houses and centerpieces along with my royal icing recipe.

And to cut out all the house panels, doors and chimney pieces I used card stock templates and an exacto knife/pen blade and bench scrapper. For house panels I highly recommend that you use a bench scrapper. It’s works great!

I also used 3 cutters to make bats, witch hat and a black cat.

SIDE HOUSE PANELS

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Yellow, Purple – 15 second consistency
  • Black -20 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Brush a thin layer of yellow royal icing (15sec) onto the cookie. Let dry. Then trace the window outline with an edible marker and a template. Outline and flood the cookies with purple icing (15sec). Allow icing to dry overnight.

Brushing thin layer of icing on a cookie.

Pipe the window frames with black icing (20sec). Let icing dry. Then outline each window frame with black (20sec) and dust icing with black sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess sanding sugar and allow icing to dry.

Outlining windows with black icing and dusting it with black sanding sugar.

FRONT AND BACK HOUSE PANELS

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Purple, Yellow -15 second consistency
  • Black, Orange, Green, Purple – 20 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Brush a thin layer of yellow icing on a window section of front panel. Allow icing to dry for an hour. Then outline and flood with purple icing (15sec). Let icing dry overnight.

Outline and flooding a front panel of gingerbread house with royal icing.

Pipe the window frame with black icing (20sec) and let crust well.

Piping black windows onto a front house panel.

Then pipe the witch’s legs, alternating colors (orange, green, purple). Let crust and then pipe with’s boots with black icing (20sec). Allow icing to dry. Finish window designs by outlining window with black icing (20sec) and immediately dust it with black sanding sugar.

Piping witch's legs into a window pane.

Outline and flood the back house panel with purple icing (15sec). Let dry overnight.

Flooding back panel of gingerbread house with purple icing.

WITCH’S BROOM

Witch’s gingerbread house wouldn’t be complete without her magical broom.

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Yellow, Orange, Green, Black – 20 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

First pipe the broom bristles with yellow (20sec). Let the icing crust and then pipe the broom’s handle with orange (20sec). Let crust again. Finish by piping more bristles at the top. And pipe a green bow on the top of the handle.

Piping witch's broom on the front panel of gingerbread house.

BUBBLING WITCH’S CAULDRON

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

Black, Green – 20 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Outline and flood cauldron with black (20sec). Allow icing to crust well. Then flood the hollow oval with green (20sec). Let crust. Next pipe green dots. And let icing dry.

Piping black cauldron on a front panel of gingerbread house.

CHIMNEY

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Purple -15 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Flood each chimney panel with purple icing (15sec). Allow icing to dry overnight.

Icing chimney cookie panels with royal icing.

BLACK CAT COOKIES

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • White – 20 second consistency
  • Black – 15 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Pipe eyes with white icing (20sec). Use a needle tool to shape the icing. Let crust. Then outline and flood the cookie with black icing (15sec). Let dry. Draw eye details with edible markers. I used green and black markers.

Decorating cat cookies with black royal icing.

BAT COOKIES

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Black -15 second consistency
  • Green – 20 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Outline and flood bat cookies with black icing (15sec). Let icing dry. And then pipe small green (20sec) eyes.

Decorating bat cookies with black royal icing.

HOUSE SIGN

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Orange – piping consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

With brown edible marker draw wood grain pattern onto the cookie. Then with orange icing (piping consistency) pipe Witch House on the cookie.

Drawing a wood grain pattern on a cookie with edible marker.

FRONT HOUSE DOOR

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Yellow, Brown – 15 second consistency
  • White – piping consistency
  • Black – 20 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Brush a thin layer of yellow icing on the door. Let dry. Then with black edible marker draw the cobweb design on the yellow icing. Outline and flood the door cookie with brown icing (15sec). Let icing dry.

Then outline cobweb window pane with black (20sec) and dust icing with black sanding sugar. Then with edible marker draw wood grain pattern onto brown icing. Pipe bone door handle with white icing (piping consistency).

Drawing a cobweb with edible marker on a cookie.

WITCH HAT

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Black, Yellow – 15 second consistency
  • Orange -20 second consistency
  • Black – 20 second consistency or piping – for details

DECORATING STEPS :

Pipe hat’s band with yellow icing (15sec), let it crust. Then flood crown and brim with black icing (15sec.) Allow icing to dry. Finish by piping buckle with orange icing (20sec). Let dry.

Decorating a witch hat cookies with black and orange icing.

WITCH’S GINGERBREAD HOUSE ASSEMBLY

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Purple – stiff consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Glue the front, side and back panels with stiff royal icing and allow icing to dry for 5-6 hours. While icing is drying support panels in place with small bottle or skewers.

Gluing gingerbread house panels.

Then glue the roof panels onto gingerbread house base. Support roof panels with small sprinkle bottles or use skewers. They help to keep roof panels from sliding down while icing is drying. Allow icing to dry overnight.

Attaching roof onto a gingerbread house.

TEXTURED ROOF

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Black – stiff consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Spread thick black royal icing onto the roof panels. Then create striped texture with a decorating comb. Wipe excess icing off the comb and repeat. Dust wet black icing with black sanding sugar.

Creating texture in royal icing using decorating comb.

Secure chimney pieces onto the roof with royal icing. Allow to dry. Then adorn house, roof and chimney with bat cookies and a witch hat cookie.

Attaching chimney onto the roof of gingerbread house.

Attach house sign on the front panel with stiff royal icing. Hold it in place for 30 second to a minute. Glue the black cat cookie on the back panel.

Gluing decorated cookies onto the gingerbread house.
Decorated gingerbread house details.
Decorated gingerbread house on a cake stand.

TO MAKE WITCH’S GINGERBREAD HOUSE YOU NEED

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Decorated halloween gingerbread house displayed on a cake stand.

This post was originally published on October 7th, 2014. On October 6th, 2019 I updated this post with new step by step photos, written text and a video.

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