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Thank you for sharing your gingerbread house experience. It was exactly what I was looking for.
I am a teacher and I made the icing .. Last year, I fought with the store bought icing… never again!
Do you know if you can use store bought icing? Because our kids go to public school they do not allow “homemade” items. Thanks
Yes, store bought frosting will also work, but it definitely is not as strong as the royal icing.
Zoe Ann Hall says
Thanks so much! That’s just how many kids I’ll have!
Zoe Ann Hall says
How many houses will that frosting recipe make?
I usually make around 20 houses, and we have lots of icing left over, so I can’t say for sure, but at least 25 or more!
Can the kids eat them after they are done? Not sure if the royal icing would be edible with the raw egg whites in it.
We have always eaten the royal icing once it’s dry and hardened. It doesn’t taste all that great, but the kids seem to love it anyway. I did a little research, and this is what I found: “You can eat royal icing you use in gingerbread houses with no problem. Once they’re dried, there is no moisture for the bacteria (assuming it’s present at all) to live or grow. If they are there, they will die in the drying process. Salmonella does not create spores, so they can’t survive the drying process.” Hope that helps! 🙂
Joan T says
GREAT information – this whole post is a lifesaver!! all the good tips about microwaving in moist towels / using egg whites etc. I’ve just spent 2 frustrating hours trying to work out milk-carton houses where nothing QUITE fits and your whole process is so much easier!
Did you know if you wrap a graham cracker in a moist paper towel and microwave it for a few seconds it will come out soft and re-harden after you cut it? Try it! 😉
I’ve never tried that before, Heather, but that’s a fantastic tip! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
Great tip! I’m making these tomorrow. Just what I needed. Thanks!
George and Julie Coccas says
Just what I needed THANKS!