1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F.2. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper or use a non-stick baking mat.3. Cream the shortening and the sugar.4. BLEND in the salt and eggs.5. ADD molasses and corn syrup.6. ADD spices and flour.7. Form the dough into a ball. On a flat and smooth floured surface roll the dough into 1/4″ thickness. Cut out desired shapes.8. BAKE the shapes 30-35 minutes until hard to the touch. Shapes must be harder than regular cookies to ensure the integrity of shape.TO MAKE THE ROYAL ICING:1. WHISK the meringue powder and water until frothy. You can use a stand or hand mixer.2. ADD powdered sugar and whip on high speed until icing is thick and bright white.