Making and decorating gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies, and sugar cookies provides a lot of holiday fun, even for the youngest family member. If you haven’t done any of this since childhood (or ever), this is the year to give it a try. Here is a super easy royal icing recipe, also known as edible glue, to use on your gingerbread houses as the mortar or on holiday sugar cookies for decoration.
3 egg whites
1 lb. box confectioners’ sugar (about 4 cups)
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or lemon flavoring (adjust to taste)
1/2 cup warm water (to adjust consistency)
Food coloring for additional colors (optional)
Use an electric mixer to beat the powdered sugar, corn starch, flavoring, and egg whites until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add more powdered sugar by tablespoonfuls if mixture is too thin. Add water one tablespoonful at a time if too thick.
Add lemon juice and/or vanilla flavoring. Mix well. If you need different colors to decorate your goodies, divide the icing into portions and add food coloring to each portion. Cover in airtight container until ready to use.
- If you are decorating cookies, you may want to have a thinner consistency where as with the gingerbread house, you’ll want it to be thicker so you can glue on candy.
- This recipe makes a lot of icing and is written for decorating gingerbread houses (several small or one large.) If you are decorating a few batches of cookies, you will want to cut this recipe in half .
- This icing hardens when exposed to air so you will want to keep it in an airtight container and mix well before each use.