Gingerbread
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. TO MIX GB DOUGH: Pour melted Crisco into mixer bowl. Let cool slightly; add sugar and Karo, blending well. Add eggs, mixing all until smooth and creamy. Add salt, baking soda and spices into mixture and begin to add flour, just a little at a time. Knead the flour in when dough becomes too stiff for the mixer. DON’T HURRY THIS STEP! Continue adding as much flour as the dough will absorb.
  2. TO ROLL OUT DOUGH: Lightly grease baking pans. Roll the dough out, lay pattern pieces on, and cut the desired shapes. Leave a 1″ space between each piece so they won’t bake together. Remove the excess dough and the pattern pieces.
  3. WINDOWS: Must be cut before baking. You can add crushed hard candy for “a stained glass look.” Use “sour ball” candies. Crush them with a hammer before unwrapping the pieces. If pieces bake together, cut them apart immediately after removing from oven, while house parts are still hot and soft. Bake house pieces at 375 degrees for 5-8 minutes. Pieces should not brown. Again, slide the cardboard back under the foil to remove the baked house pieces from the oven. Cool on flat surface.
Recipe Notes

ASSEMBLY: To “glue” house together

1. Use a very sturdy tray or 2-3 cardboards to set the house on. Cover cardboard with FDA foil or white freezer paper!.
Three 14″ round cardboards together work well for this size house.
2. Using #5 tip in decorator bag, back of house first; pipe out icing on each side-edge of back. Stand the back house piece up and place one side at a time against the back of house. Prop with cans of soup, etc, if it doesn’t stay firmly together. Or hold it for a few moments, until house feels like it is staying together.
3. Place icing up the front edges of standing sides. Add house front section. Let dry for 10-15 minutes, then add roof and chimney.
4. Decorate with desired candies using royal icing to hold decorations on.
5. Do “landscaping” last. Let dry and store covered away from dust.

Christmas Ornament Cookies

Before baking the cookie, use a straw to punch a hole to tie a string through. Add the string before baking.
“TREES” can be added on the “lawn” made of ice cream cones, decorating tip #67 or 352. While icing is still wet, sprinkle on multi-colored sugar decorations.
Window shutters for the house can be of gingerbread or candies. Sugar wafer cookies also make nice shutters.

Put a Light in It?

A single tiny light bulb on a chord – the type ceramics shops have – can be inserted through a hole in the bottom of the cardboard your house sits on. This hole must be cut before assembly.

*recipes and directions from Dolores Inlow McCann. Her wonderful site is gone, but her helpful hints remain.