Build amazing holiday traditions with your family by assembling and decorating a gingerbread house together! A fun and festive project to do with the kids, building a gingerbread house is a great activity to do on a snowy, cold winter weekend.

A gingerbread house is only as good as the ‘glue’ that holds it together. While there’s no magic icing that will work for every single person in every single circumstance, this altered royal icing recipe gave us the best results – plus, it’s edible! Don’t forget to check out our helpful hints down below for even more tricks to getting your house ready for Christmas in no time!

Gingerbread House Icing Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)
  • 5 tablespoons warm water

Instructions:

1. Beat all ingredients together until icing forms stiff peaks. This should take about 7 to 10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer or 10 to 12 minutes at high speed with a hand mixer.

Helpful Hints:

  • When it comes to building gingerbread houses, patience is a virtue! Give your gingerbread house plenty of time to dry after assembly before adding decorations.
  • Temperature can greatly affect the longevity of your gingerbread house. If your kitchen is warm or the temperature is humid, the icing may melt or fall off your gingerbread house.
  • Be careful not to overwhip your icing. Incorporating too much air may make it difficult for the icing to stick to the cookie.
  • Keep any icing covered when not in use to avoid drying.
  • Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.
  • Since this icing is made with Meringue Powder and not raw egg whites, it is safe to eat!
  • Store remaining icing in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Before reusing, re-whip using a paddle attachment on low speed until it’s back to the correct consistency.

Looking for a few more fun gingerbread tips and ideas? Explore our guides for building and decorating gingerbread houses, and be sure to check out our favorite gingerbread house decorating ideas!

What helpful gingerbread house tips can you share with us? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share pictures of your gingerbread houses on Instagram and tag us @wiltoncakes.

 

Decorated Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Icing

This tasty gingerbread house icing is simple to make and great to work with. This gingerbread icing works well as edible “glue” to construct the house, and it also works beautifully for piping snow and icing decorations.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 4 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar about 1 lb.
  • 5 tablespoons warm water

Instructions
 

  • Beat all ingredients together until icing forms stiff peaks. This should table about 7 to 10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer or 10 to 12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held electric mixer.

Notes

  • Be careful not to over-whip your icing. 
    Incorporating too much air may make it difficult for the icing to stick to the gingerbread house. It may also cause the icing to crack.
  • Keep your icing covered. 
    Keep your icing bowl and piping bags covered with a damp towel when not in use to avoid drying.
To store:
Store remaining icing in an airtight container for up to two weeks. When ready to reuse, re-whip using your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed until it’s back to the correct consistency.
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