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Graham cracker gingerbread houses recipe

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

Easy, no-bake gingerbread houses made with royal icing. This recipe makes enough icing to build and decorate 4 medium sized houses.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Author: Corey Grimsley


For the Royal Icing (Piping Consistency)

  • 66 grams egg whites pasteurized, from 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 360 grams powdered sugar sifted
  • food coloring

Raw Egg White Alternative:

  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 6 tbsp warm water

Gingerbread House Supplies

  • Graham crackers 1-3 sleeves per house, depending on the desired size
  • sharp serrated knives
  • trays or platters for decorating on
  • various candy and edible decorations the more, the better!


Make the Royal Icing (Piping Consistency)

  • Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until foamy.
  • Add the powdered sugar and gradually increase the speed to high.
  • Mix for 5 minutes, or until the icing is very thick.
  • Use the icing as-is or tint it with gel food coloring. It will start to harden almost immediately, so be sure to work quickly.  
  • Transfer to piping bags fitted with a couplers and various piping tips.
  • Once the icing is in the piping bags, it’ll keep for several days.  Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.

Raw Egg White Alternative:

  • As an alternative to raw egg whites, combine the meringue powder and warm water in the stand mixer and whisk until foamy.  Continue with step #2.

Build your Graham cracker gingerbread houses

  • Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the crackers into the desired shapes.
  • Glue the pieces together with the royal icing.
  • Pro Tip: Use cracker scraps to reinforce the crackers if necessary and allow the icing to harden slightly before building too high!
  • Decorate the house with lots of candy and icing. Try out different piping tips for fun designs and remember you can use gel food coloring to tint the icing. Don’t forget to decorate the board or plate!
  • After you finish decorating your house, you get to decide when to eat it!
Did you try this recipe?Let me know how it was!