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Easy No-Bake Gingerbread Houses Royal Icing Recipe

It's very important to use the right icing recipe, in order for the gingerbread houses to stick together. This is the royal icing recipe we use, and it dries as hard as glue!
Author: Joy Kincaid


  • 3 egg whites or meringue powder I use meringue powder: 6 tsp meringue powder + 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 pound powdered sugar


  • Beat the egg whites (or meringue powder + water) with an electric mixer at high speed.
  • Add cream of tartar and beat until mixture is somewhat stiff.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating after each addition. Beat on high until it's very stiff. You want the peaks of icing to be able to stand up straight.


Note: This recipe makes enough for a couple of houses (varies depending on size of house, and how much frosting you end up using.) For our five children to each make a house, I usually make 3 batches of this recipe. I used to triple the recipe, but every year we'd ruin our mixer because it was just too much for it to handle. Finally, I started mixing up smaller batches and this works much better. I usually mix up one batch, and then I let the younger children get started on their houses while I mix up a double batch for the older kids. My mixer is able to handle a doubled batch, but it's a strain for it to do more than that at a time.