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Gingerbread houses are huge at Christmas, but this year I wanted to make one for Halloween. (It is my favorite holiday after all.) But gingerbread is such a Christmas flavor, I didn't think it fit. I searched high and low for a pumpkin spice cookie recipe I could use to make a house, but none existed! I also didn't want to use a kit, because those gingerbread pieces are ROCK hard and not very tasty.

So, I created a new recipe! This pumpkin spice cookie is soft and delicious, and sturdy enough to use to build a house! This wonderful instructable will take you through the step by step process of making the recipe and decorating the house! This is fun and easy to do with your family and friends!

What you'll need:

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe:
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 tsp ginger
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree- strained (Don't worry, we'll go over this later)
3-4 cups of flour (We'll go over this as well.)

Tools:
-5/16 inch wood dowel rods (Not necessary, but very helpful. Find these at Home Depot or Lowes.)
-rolling pin
-straight and serrated knives (KIDS- ask your parents for help!)
-frosting bags (you can also use plastic sandwich bags)
-round frosting tips (not necessary, but helpful to make finer lines)
-large mixing bowl
-electric mixer
-thin towel such as a tea-towel or cheese cloth

Decorations:
-food coloring- We used black, purple, green, orange, and brown
-canned frosting (or you can use your own recipe if you have one)- We used 2-3 cans of cream cheese, and one can of milk chocolate. I recommend buying an extra can just in case. You can always use it later if you don't end up needing it.
-candy corn pumpkins
-black licorice
-rectangle marshmallows- These can be found at most grocery stores. You can also use graham crackers or some other rectangular (gravestone shaped) cookie.
-orange colored chocolate candies
-bloody bones candies- We found these at our large Walmart.
-cookie sheet or cardboard for the base- We used a white cake board.

Step 1: Cookie Recipe Part 1

Let's get started on our dough.

Get a large mixing bowl and combine the brown sugar, sugar, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, ground cloves, and baking soda. Stir using some non-electric device (to avoid spice poofs that will make you sneeze) until it's well combined. I use one of the beaters by itself, but you could use a spoon, a fork, a chopstick, your hands, whatever you want!

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe:
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 tsp ginger
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree- strained
3-4 cups of flour

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Very nice job!
Totes adorbs! Gr8 for Halloween!:)
It has such a tasty view)I love it already
love it I don't like the Christmas one's but I might try this one great job and toturial ty for sharing you got my vote
Thank you!
I was just thinking about making one of these today, but you perfected it so I'm not even going to try, ha! :D <br /> <br />Great job!
Gosh thanks! This is my first instructable, so I'm glad you like it!

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