Royal Icing For Gingerbread Houses

Making the perfect Royal icing for your gingerbread house requires just three ingredients.

Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make.  We have a different one every year in our house. It is a tradition that we started when Jess was a little girl and it continues to this day, even though she is a 26 year old woman who just visits for the holiday. And no self respecting Gingerbread house would be complete without the perfect Royal icing recipe, would it?  Here are my tried and true cooking tips for making sure your Gingerbread house gets the perfect start with a great icing base.To make a great gingerbread house, you need an icing that holds well. This recipe for Royal icing is easy to make and perfect for the job.

Some years,  I make the whole house from scratch and add the icing to it.  Other years, I just buy a kit. But even with the kit, I like to make my own icing.  It is so easy to do and the egg whites make it perfect for icing a Gingerbread house which needs to be sturdy for decorating.

Making it could not be easier.  Just three ingredients and a bowl and you are done.  How great is that?

To make the perfect Gingerbread royal icing, you will need these supplies:ingredients for royal icing

  • 1 pound – about 3-3/4 cups of confectioner’s sugar (be sure to sift it to get all the lumps out!)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (don’t skimp and use the initiation.  You can tell in the taste!)

Just mix together all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer.  You will want the icing to be smooth and thin enough so that it can be pressed through a pastry bag. Royal icing

Place the royal icing into a pastry bag that has been fitted with a writing tip.  Press the icing out to join the parts of the house first and then use it as a “glue” for the other decorations on your Gingerbread house.Royal icing and pastry bag

Let the icing dry until it has hardened.  This could take several hours.  Don’t rush the project.  You want it to stay stuck together and this takes time.  This is the beginning of this year’s Gingerbread house. See the whole tutorial here.This year's gingerbread project

If you would like to see tips for making the perfect Gingerbread house, be sure to visit my main site – The Gardening Cook for 15 tips. 

Looking for inspiration for the design of your Gingerbread house?  See these 17 great Gingerbread house designs on my holiday site – Always the Holidays.

Royal Icing For Gingerbread Houses
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  • 3¾ cups of confectioner's sugar, sifted to remove any lumps.
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or lemon juice
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer until the frosting is smooth and thin enough to be piped through a piping tip of an icing bag,
  2. You can add more lemon juice or vanilla extract if needed.
  3. Place the icing in a frosting bag fitted with a writing tip. Pipe the pieces of the house together first and then use it to add the decorations.

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