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How to Make Your Own Gingerbread House Icing

Updated on June 3, 2014
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This is the best gingerbread house icing!

Decorating gingerbread houses with our children is a family tradition. Every year a couple of weeks before Christmas all the cousins gather together to decorate the perfect gingerbread house. I have tried several different recipes for icing and this one is my absolute favorite. I like to assemble the houses a day before the decorating party. This way the houses have time to set. Then when it is time to decorate all we have to do is put on some Christmas music, set out the candy and frosting, and decorate. With just four simple ingredients, this quick and easy recipe will get the job done.


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Stiff peaks


  1. Using an electric mixer beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.
  2. Next slowly add the powdered sugar.
  3. Then add the vanilla.
  4. Now the icing is ready to use. Icing that is not used right away can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Your houses will not fall apart!

Prepare your gingerbread houses the day before and let dry overnight. This gingerbread house icing dries very strong. You will not have to worry about your houses falling apart. It is so much easier for the kids to decorate a house that won't fall over.

How to assemble your gingerbread house

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About the author

My name is Karen Shiley. I live in the beautiful evergreen Washington state. I have an adventurous spirit and love to share what I learn with everyone. I like science, gardening, cooking, reading, day trips and above all else my amazing family who supply me with endless amusement and happiness. I originally published this article on 12/15/12


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      Karen Shiley 5 years ago from Washington

      Have fun!

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      This sounds awesome cant wait to try it :)