Royal Icing as “Glue” or to Decorate Cookies

Royal icing is what we used to ‘glue’ our gingerbread  houses we made every holiday season.  I have included two recipes; one for the ‘glue’ and one to decorate cookies.

Gingerbread House Icing

  • 3 tbsp. meringue powder (found at a cake decorating store, Penny’s)
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tbsp. water
  • you can add a clear extract or flavored oil such as lemon or almond oil (optional)

Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7 to 10 minutes in your heavy duty stand mixer (or 10 to 12 minutes at high speed for a portable mixer) until icing forms stiff peaks.

Makes 3 cups

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This was our last year making gingerbread houses.  My grandson and son-in-law came up with this cute idea for a Ford truck!  Only one family participated.

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See my recipe for  Gingerbread House.  My apology – I use to call this post Gingerbread House Dough and what comes up is a picture and not the recipe.

Royal Icing for Cookies

  • 3 tbsp. meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • l lb. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • food coloring
  • flavored oils such as lemon or almond (optional) for a different flavor

Combine meringue powder, confectioners’ sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla.  Add 1 to 2 tbsp. water at a time and beat as above.  You want the icing to be of glazing/piping consistency.  To decorate the chocolate skeletons I used almost 3 tbsp. less water in the 1/2 cup of water.

Tint the icing as desired adding a little at a time until you get the color you want.  Piping icing (outline or adding details) will be stiff.  Flooding icing has been thinned out  to cover the body of a cookie.  Add water gradually until it resembles heavy cream.  I like to use squeeze bottles for decorating with this type of icing.

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I used royal icing to decorate these Halloween Rice Krispies treats and chocolate skeleton cookies.

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See my recipe Rice Krispies Treats.  See also my recipe Chocolate Skeleton Cookies with Royal Icing.

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If you would like to make these gingerbread ornaments see my recipe Applesauce and Cinnamon Ornaments.

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