Royal Icing Recipe and Graham Cracker House Ingredients


  • 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 5-6 tablespoons warm water
  • Optional: food coloring (gel colorings offer the most vibrant hues)

Ingredients for the houses

  • Graham crackers (5 1/2 per house but have extra in case some are broken or break while cutting)
  • Sugar cones
  • Sturdy, plain white paper plates
  • Decorations: candy canes, holiday colored M&Ms, peppermints, Fruit Loops, Frosted Shredded Wheat, short pretzel rods and/or miniature pretzels, mini marshmallows, and any other items that look good to you. The bulk section–and your own pantry–is a good place to look for ideas and desired quantities.


  1. Add sugar, meringue powder and 5 tablespoons water to a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat until the icing is thick and of good spreading consistency, adding a few drops more water at a time, as needed.
  3. If you mistakenly add a bit too much water, simply add a bit more sugar and beat again.
  4. Store in plastic zipper top bags or in covered bowls. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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