Royal Icing

This is a great frosting to use to make Gingerbread Houses or sugar cube creations.  

Royal Icing
3 egg whites (room temperature)
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter

Beat with an electric mixer for 7 to 10 minutes.  It is important to beat the frosting that long.  

The frosting hardens quickly so make a batch and store it in a covered container.  Or, you can place it directly into a freezer zip top bag and seal.  Then, you can snip off a small corner of the bag to use it as a disposable pastry bag.  

Tiffany's Note: This works great to make Gingerbread Houses--read our main post here and our additional post here. 

{Edit Note on 12/27/2012--this recipe previously said 2 egg whites.  When I made it today I realized that I usually use 3 egg whites.  That worked much better.  I've also seen a similar recipe with 2 egg whites, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. cream of tarter, and the juice of one lemon.}

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