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Gingerbread House Icing

4.67 from 3 votes

posted: 12/16/18

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This THREE ingredient Gingerbread House icing will hold everything together perfectly! So easy to make!

piping gingerbread icing on a built gingerbread house recipe

Okay! So you have your gingerbread house recipe and gingerbread house template, and now you need the best icing for gingerbread houses. You have come to the right place!


  • It’s only three simple ingredients.
  • You can make a batch of this gingerbread icing fast!
  • It tastes delicious if you want to use it on soft gingerbread men for eating.
  • This gingerbread house icing dries quickly, making it perfect for construction and decoration.

gingerbread icing being pulled from a mixing bowl

royal icing for gingerbread houses being piped by pieces of gingerbread


  1. I made a double batch when I made my little house. I liked having enough that I could really go nuts with my decorating and not worry about running out, though I still had some left over.
  2. One of the upsides of this recipe is that it does harden pretty fast, making it perfect for construction. However, because of that you are going to want to keep the bowl covered when you aren’t using it so that you don’t get a crusty layer on top.
  3. I love doing all my decorating first and then constructing so that I don’t get drips. But if I’m doing this with my kids I construct and then let them decorate.
  4. I have a really inexpensive piping kit that comes with couplers (so you can switch out tips without using a new bag of frosting), three reusable bags, and multiple different sized tips. It came in really handy while using this royal icing for gingerbread houses. You can buy it here.
  5. It is easy to color this icing, but keep in mind that it does make it a bit more runny when you do that. It will dry just fine but it might not make as ornate details.
  6. If the tip of your piping bag gets crusty, use a wet paper towel to clear it off. Don’t run it under water because it will make your icing that is still in the bag watery.

royal icing for gingerbread houses being piped by pieces of gingerbread



You can get all the details for making the gingerbread dough and all my tips and tricks for constructing and decorating in my gingerbread house recipe post. It’s such a fun project to make around the holidays and such an easy recipe to double or triple to make multiple houses!

picture of beautifully decorated gingerbread house recipe

If you use this recipe to make your gingerbread house leave me a comment to let me know or tag me on instagram at @lisawineandglue!

piping gingerbread icing on a built gingerbread house recipe
4.67 from 3 votes

Gingerbread House Icing

Serves: 1 gingerbread house worth
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Gingerbread House Icing is exactly what you need to make the perfect gingerbread house recipe.  Grab the gingerbread house template printable make up a batch of this gingerbread icing and you will be all set to go!


  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 3 pasteurized egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • In a large bowl mix the ingredients together until it forms soft peaks.
  • Use to put together gingerbread house recipe and for decorating.
  • Keep covered when not using to prevent it from hardening.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
piping gingerbread icing on a built gingerbread house recipe

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  1. annonymous says

    5 stars
    Really nice glue for gingerbread

  2. Leta says

    I have used this recipe for years. Egg whites beat better at room temperature.

    • Susie Cole says

      I wish I would have known that. I thought my eggs were bad. lol

  3. Angela A Justesen says

    Can you make this ahead of time and refrigerate it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You can! Either place plastic wrap directly on the frosting, or know that you are going to get a thin layer of crusted frosting on top that will need either be pulled off or mixed back in.

  4. Susie says

    It was not think enough.

    • Susie says


    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m really sorry this didn’t work for you Susie, I’ve used it so many times and have never had a problem with it.

  5. Regina says

    Is this frosting ok to eat? I want to make this but just wanted to double check due to the egg!

    • Lisa Longley says

      It should be fine if you use pasteurized eggs.

  6. Brittany says

    Can you use meringue powder instead of the egg whites?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried it with that, if you do let me know how it works.

  7. Chris says

    What is the conversion of 1 pound of the sugar to cups? No scale here. ????

    • Lisa Longley says

      Powdered sugar is sold by the 1 pound bag. So if you find a bag with 16 ounces listed on it, no need to measure at all.

  8. Rolene says

    Meringue powder is GREAT to use!! I have used it for years!!

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