Gingerbread House Glue

December 2, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

This is your BFF when building a gingerbread house. It dries like a rock and makes the daintiest little icicles.

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Makes: enough for 1 house and a ton of decorations (or a few houses and a few decorations)


  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
In This Recipe


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat together the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Beat on medium high for 7 to 10 minutes, until very fluffy.
  2. Immediately spoon into a piping bag and use. Any frosting that's not being used should remain under plastic wrap (the plastic wrap should touch the surface of the frosting), so that it doesn't dry out.

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Reviews (4) Questions (1)

4 Reviews

Jayma V. December 21, 2018
We used this tonight for our graham cracker houses, and it was perfect!!! Thank you!!!
Elizabeth I. December 21, 2017
We add a few drops of peppermint extract so it tastes (and smells) nicer.
trampledbygeese December 24, 2014
Wanted to let you know that I kid-tested the gingerbread house glue tonight. They say it's the best icing ever!<br /><br />Happy Holidays.
Layla December 19, 2018
Great GLUE recipe.. THE BEST I have found in the 10 years of making gingerbread houses. Recently made 6 houses for nursing center. No worries..the houses stood up to the test of many . Looking for a great gingerbread house dough recipe? ..try the Necco gingerbread house recipe. Using for 10 years..easy and <br />foolproof. DO NOT USE THE NECCO GLUE RECIPE>>DOESNT HOLD UP AS WELL AS THE ONE ON thIS Site.