How to make Royal Icing

Follow this easy step by step guide on How to Make Royal Icing to make sugar cookie icing and to decorate gingerbread houses!

This simple recipe for Royal Icing makes a perfect frosting for sugar cookies and Gingerbread House Glue!pinterestIf you are looking for the perfect frosting to glue your gingerbread house together, then you’re going to want to use Royal Icing.

Royal Icing is also the perfect icing for decorating sugar cookies!

So I’m going to teach you how to make Royal Icing right here, right now!

Ingredients Needed to Make Royal Icing

This icing is super duper easy and only has 3 ingredients:

  • Egg whites
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla extract

You can make this in the bowl of your stand mixer or using a hand mixer.

This Royal Icing Recipe makes a perfect frosting for sugar cookies and Gingerbread House Glue!

How To Make Royal Icing

First thing you need to do is beat your egg whites until they are frothy (as pictured above).

Then you will gradually add powdered sugar. Anywhere between 3-4 cups of powdered sugar depending on how big your egg whites are.

Add the vanilla extract to give it a nice flavor. You could use lemon juice, almond extract, or any other extract you prefer (in place of the vanilla) to flavor the icing, just make sure you’re using clear extracts to keep the color of the icing white.

This Royal Icing Recipe makes a perfect frosting for sugar cookies and Gingerbread House Glue!

Once it’s reached a thick and smooth consistency you can place it directly into a zip close bag for storing, or into a frosting bag fitted with tip for immediate use.

This Sugar Cookie Icing makes a perfect frosting for sugar cookies and Gingerbread House Glue!

If you are wanting to add color to your frosting you would simply beat in your color choice (gel colors work best) at the end, just a drop or two at a time, then decide if the color is to your liking, add more if necessary.

Gingerbread House Glue Recipe

When making a gingerbread house, plain white works for me!

This frosting holds together wonderfully. That little teepee was solid within less than two minutes!

Sugar Cookie Frosting makes a perfect icing for sugar cookies and Gingerbread House Glue!

I actually built the remainder of the gingerbread house last night with my kids, and that little teepee was the covering to our porch. The Royal Icing held up so strong that we built a two story house and didn’t have any cave-ins! So if you’re looking for the perfect glue to build your gingerbread house…

This is it!

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How to make Royal Icing

The best Royal Icing recipe for decorating sugar cookies or building gingerbread houses
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 tbsp
Calories: 90 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 egg whites
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl beat the egg whites until frothy.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, half of a cup at a time, making sure to scrap down the sides of the bowl if necessary, until the icing becomes thick.
  • Add the vanilla extract and beat until soft peaks form.
  • Place the prepared frosting into an air tight container and leave at room temperature until ready to use. Or place directly in to a frosting bag fitted with a tip and use immediately.
If you have an aversion to consuming egg whites, you can substitute with Meringue powder which can be purchased at craft stores and anywhere cake decorating ingredients are found.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 22g | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: cookie icing, egg whites, gingerbread house, royal icing
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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