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.
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.
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.