{The BEST} Gingerbread House Glue

A gingerbread house is only as good as it’s glue!

We’ve all been there…graham crackers ready, icing ready, kids ready.  They start to assemble their creative  masterpieces, and then….

no fail recipe for Christmas "Gingerbread Glue" - it will make it easier for kids to build

Disaster….a collapse of epic proportions. All that hard work down the drain!

We can all speak from experience…this is melt-down central.

The best way to avoid Gingerbread-Sadness is to start with a strong, quick drying icing.  Kids dont’ want to wait, and frankly, you don’t want to sit there and hold each piece for five minutes either!

Our Cub Scout boys made Gingerbread Houses this week and I was excited to find a glue that worked perfectly…it’s simple but made ALL the difference in the world.

{Super-Duper Strong} Gingerbread House Icing Glue

3 Tablespoons meringue powder (available wherever cake decorating supplies are sold)

1lb powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 cups)

4-6 Tablespoons cold water

In a glass bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Add 2T water.  Mix well.  Add more water as necessary to reach a very thick consistency.  When you drag a knife through it, you want to see a clean path left.  If it’s too thick, add a tiny amount of water, mix, and pull your knife through again.  If it’s too runny, add more sugar.

Put icing into a zip-seal baggie & cut off a corner.  I found a slightly large hole worked best (my icing came out about as thick as a squirt of toothpaste).

What I love about this Super-Duper Strong Gingerbread House Icing Glue is how quickly it dries!  If you get a nice, thick consistency, there is no need to hold each piece in place forever (about 10 seconds will do).

no fail recipe for Christmas "Gingerbread Glue" - it will make it easier for kids to build

So, no more tears this year (from Mom or kids!).  Give our glue a try and I promise you’ll be much happier!

Building Gingerbread houses is one of our Advent Activities.  We have a printable of 27 Count-down to Christmas Activities. 

Do you kids have a favorite Christmas Tradition?  We’d love to hear about it!

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About Heather

Heather spends time homeschooling, raising 3 great kids, & traveling with her family. She loves folding laundry but hates putting it away. She shares a love of Disney World with her Hubby, she's a cruise fanatic, & bird-watching hobbyist. You can follow her on Twitter as @CrazyZeus1.