light or dark corn syrup
1Pour melted shortening into mixing bowl and cool slightly; add sugar and syrup, blending well.
2Add eggs, mixing all until smooth and creamy.
3Put salt, baking soda and spices into mixture and begin to add flour, just a little at a time--DON'T HURRY THIS STEP!
4Continue adding as much flour as the dough will absorb.
5Bake house pieces at 375 degrees for 5-8 minutes.
6Hints: Make permenant pattern pieces of mylar or other plastic sheet.
7To roll out: Use heavy duty foil (splash a few drops of water under it so it will stay stationary), roll the dough out, cut into desired shapes that are 1" apart.
8Remove the excess dough.
9Place the foil holding the pieces to bake on a cardboard, place in oven and REMOVE THE CARDBOARD BEFORE SHUTTING OVEN DOOR.
10If pieces bake together, cut apart immedietely after removing from oven.
11Windows: Must be cut before baking.
12Can add crushed hard candy for "glass".
13To Assemble: Use royal icing: 1 1/2 cup warm water, 12 tablespoons meringue powder, 4 pounds powdered sugar.
14Beat the water and meringue powder until frothy and add as much confectioners sugar as necessary.
15Do not make icing stiff or house will not hold together as long.
16Using #5 tip, squeeze out icing on both sides of back of house.
17Stand it up and add sides.
18Prop with cans of soup, ect., if it doesn't stay firmly together.
19Place icing on ends of standing sides and add house front.
20Let dry for 10-15 minutes, then add roof and chimney.
21Decorate with desired candies using royal icing to place decorations on.
22Let dry and store covered away from dust. Makes 2-3 medium-sized houses.