spooky cookie haunted house [protein cookie recipe]

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, Gluten Free, Meatless Monday, recipes, Vegan, Vegan MoFo

Okay, it is lentils week with Meatless Mondays from A to Z.

With my October theme of Treats and Sweets, I first thought lentils would be the most difficult ingredient this month. But…

Almost immediately I had this idea of a protein cookie haunted house, and it instantly turned into the most fun week.

There’s a ghost flying out of the upstairs window, a couple of glittery bats flying around, and a pumpkin.

Okay, maybe not so haunted. Not so spooky.

Even when I was creating this recipe and testing it, I figured it was more of a ‘Chopped Challenge” style recipe, and not one that I would make again, let alone encourage my readers to use.

These cookies? are really good.

Now I think I may add lentils to many of my cut out cookie recipes. These taste great, and just as easy as any roll out, cut out cookie recipe.

spooky cookie haunted house

dairy, egg, soy, and gluten free, vegan

makes dough for one haunted house and several Halloween cookies

1/2 cup cooked lentils*
2 tablespoons agave
1/2 cup butter (Earth Balance soy free)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (I used coconut sugar)
1 tablespoon vanilla paste
1 2/3 cups flour (gluten free ap)

*to cook lentils: Bring 1 cup lentils and 2 cups water to a boil, cook for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool. (lentil package says 2:1 ratio water to lentils, I needed more (gas stove?); I used 1 cup lentils to 2 cups water, then had to add another 1 1/2 cups water with 8 minutes left).

In food processor (with small bowl attachment if available) or blender, puree lentils with agave until smooth.

Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and pureed lentils. Stir in flour, combine until dough forms, do not over mix. Knead into a ball, cool in refrigerator 10 minutes. Roll to 1/3 inch thickness and cut into haunted house pieces and Halloween shapes (I drew stencils). Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, until set. Cool completely before assembling and decorating.

Yep, those bricks go all the way around



To see more lentil creations, visit Heather for Meatless Monday A to Z!


{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby October 29, 2012 at 4:16 am

Cutest. Thing. Ever.
I’ve tried to do the gingerbread house thing in the past. Epic fail. I ended up with more frosting glue in my hair than on the crooked house that would inevitably collapse, so big props to you!


2 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

see, I was wanting to do a crooked house, like, spooky haunted houses look in my mind… don’t think I really got it at all, but it IS still standing, so I’m happy about that – my first house is a success! (cannot wait for holiday gingerbread house making…)


3 katie October 29, 2012 at 4:19 am

I love it! I want to eat it but I also know it is too pretty to eat!!!

Hope your weekend was fabulous!

Send love to dad! <3 xoxo


4 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

thank you Katie!! it was fabulous… we are still at the beach – I’m hoping this house makes the drive home? :) I’ll tell Dad you say hello! XXO!


5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 29, 2012 at 5:38 am

Too cute! Why should houses be limited to gingerbread at Christmas?


6 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

they should not! (although I cannot wait for the holidays to make another one!)


7 Hannah-lyz November 1, 2012 at 8:07 am

Oooh! You should so do a cookie house for Valentines Day! It could be a Love Shack! (like the song!)


8 spabettie November 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

haaa, LOVE SHACK! I LOVE it… I just may have to!


9 Jess October 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

You never cease to amaze me! A protein cookie HOUSE and one made with lentils no less — I am so totally impressed, as usual. And now I’m totally craving a cookie with frosting — I make homemade sugar frosted cookies every christmas and can’t wait to make them again, they are SO yummy!


10 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

thank you! 😀 this was my first house… I’ve never made a traditional gingerbread house before, now I cannot wait to!


11 Allie October 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

That is one adorable haunted house! And you are way too creative with the lentils challenge, haha. I would never think to go sweet with ’em!


12 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh very cool challenge that you totally won of course! Love the idea of the lentils. I think they are plenty mild enough to add into a treat. YUM


13 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

exactly – I know I will do this again! hugs to you – hope you are enjoying your race high all week! XO


14 Matt mmWine Horbund October 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

I couldnt have said it better than Jess! My goodness your creativity is amazing!


15 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

thank you so much, Matt! I appreciate that, cheers! :)


16 Lindsay October 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

WOW! I have to try these — lentils, huh. Who would’ve thunk it…


17 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

exactly! if I wasn’t posting ALL sweets this month, and participating in the Meatless Mondays A-Z, I sure wouldn’t have! well… perhaps eventually 😉


18 moonsword October 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

oh screaming brilliance! Lentils in cookies just sounds right now that I’m seeing it. That’s the best haunted house I’ve seen this year and your tiny red encircling bricks are perfect. Bravo Spabettie!


19 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

aw, thank you!! 😀 the bricks are my favorite part – probably because they took forever… 😉


20 lisa fine October 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

When you mentioned a protein cookie, I was definitely thinking it’d have protein powder in it. I never would have thought to make lentil cookies! That is just adorable.


21 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

thank you, Lisa! I had no idea if it would work, I’m happy I tried it because it worked really well – just as easy as a normal cut out dough!


22 Macey October 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Such a great idea! And soooooo cute!! I may have to try this out with the boy I nanny. He’d love it!


23 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

oh, you should! and if not for Halloween, in place of the gingerbread house…


24 foodwanderings October 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Kristina, love this whimsical spooky Halloween house & vegan too, how about that?! Great achievement!


25 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

thank you so much, Shulie! it sure was a fun project…


26 Leah October 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

this is such a fun idea! what a great idea for kids.


27 Leah October 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

and using lentils! I never would have thought of it. I love using beans in bakes goods so this totally makes sense.


28 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

yes! this was my first time using lentils, but I’ve made MANY chickpea cookie ball. these work really well!


29 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

yes – kids could help knead the dough, even cut it if they’re old enough… and the real fun is in the decor!


30 Beth @ Tasty Yummies October 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Sooo adorable and what a totally creative recipe too. You pretty much amaze me always!


31 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

thank you, Beth! sweet comments like this are what keep me going, truly! I appreciate you so much!


32 Purely Twins October 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

you are so talented!!! seriously you have some of the best ideas!


33 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

ah, thank you girls! you seriously make me smile big – XXO!


34 Shirley @ gfe October 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

You are just so darned brilliant, girl!! Love this!



35 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm

thank you so much, Shirley!! it sure was fun to make! XXO!


36 Richa October 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

this is the cutest ever house.. i want to live in it and keep eating parts of it!!
and lentils! so fun! amazing Kris, super amazing!


37 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

thank you Richa!! 😀 this just made me smile SO BIG!


38 Adventures in Dressmaking October 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

WOW, that is super ambitious!! But looks great! I always wanted to make gingerbread houses when I was a kid but I think my mom didn’t feel like taking it on, haha… now I can’t eat them but I do like snacking on candy while making things… 😉


39 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

thanks, Suzannah! this was my first house – now I am looking forward to making another for the holidays! :)


40 Layla October 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

HOLY WOW this is amazing!! so detailed and fun, and I am amazed by your creative recipe!


41 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

thanks so much, Layla! :)


42 Sam Rosen October 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm

whoa amazing spooky house! sounds yummy too :)


43 spabettie October 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

thank you, Sam! (and yeah, it’s pretty yummy!) :)


44 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

lentil cookies?!?! You never cease to amaze me. :) (Have like 10 people said that already?) I want to make the cookies, but doubt I’d be dedicated enough to build a house with them. You’re a freaking rockstar. :)


45 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

No way – this is incredible. I would never thought this would taste good at all, but I believe your tastebuds and will be trying this. What a great find!


46 jobo October 31, 2012 at 6:17 am

This is SUCH a Chopped challenge! So true! Looks yummy at least and wow, you amaze me with your creativity!


47 Joanie @ Zagleft November 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Wow! Never would have thought of using lentils! I will be trying this. I agree, this is a Chopped challenge! Fun!


48 spabettie November 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

hi Joanie! I was really happy these turned out so well, I would definitely make a lentil cookie again!


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