We had no time to make a complete Gingerbread House, so, we just made the trees instead.
These were simply made from a box of sugar cones,
red hots and royal icing.
Royal icing makes such a great “cement” for these projects, but unfortunately, it is made from raw eggs. Much better to use meringue powder — which I think you can find at cake decorating stores and Michael’s — two stores I rarely visit.
As much as we remind the kids not to eat it, there’s no stopping those licks.
Recipe for Royal Icing:
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the lemon juice. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. Immediately transfer icing to an airtight container to prevent it from hardening. We stored it in ziplock bags in small batches, and took out only what we needed for a few minutes at a time.