My very favorite Gingerbread House Icing – the perfect small batch Royal Icing recipe for decorating cookies or holding gingerbread houses together!

Gingerbread house with chocolate wafer rood and candy cane heart windows

Use this small batch royal icing to hold together your gingerbread house. We used this recipe when we made our Rainbow Sprinkle Gingerbread House.

You can frost our Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER with royal icing or use our Christmas Cookie Frosting which is more like buttercream.

gingerbread house covered in rainbow sprinkles

I call this recipe “Small Batch Royal Icing” because I often do not have use for a ton of Royal Icing so I make just enough to fill 2 large Wilton decorating bottles.

My very favorite Gingerbread House Icing Recipe

Small Batch Royal Icing Recipe

This icing dries very stiff and can be used for gingerbread houses and decorated cookies.

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  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 Cup warm water, plus more for thinning to flood consistency
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla or almond extract


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer combine powdered sugar and meringue powder.
  • Add the water and extract slowly. Beat at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (about 5-7 minutes).
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