Alternative to Royal Icing for Gluing a Gingerbread House

If you don’t like the idea of using raw egg white, prefer a clear and clean look on your gingerbread house, or are allergic to eggs, this alternative royal icing is for you. It’s easy and inexpensive to make, as well. Also see Traditional Gluten Free Royal Icing Recipe.

Stay tuned in for my Gluten Free Gingerbread House Recipe tomorrow, Monday, December 15 using the Royal icing or this alternative recipe.

Alternative to Royal Icing for Gingerbread House


Yield: Makes enough to glue 1 gingerbread house

Alternative to Royal Icing for Gingerbread House

An alternative to royal icing for gingerbread house. The clear glue that easy and inexpensive to make. In addition, it's egg-free!


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoons light corn syrup (or gluten free brown rice syrup - Lundberg brand)


  1. Place the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until granules melt. Increase heat to high and boil until it reaches 240ºF or about 7 minutes. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. When gluing gingerbread house pieces together, if you have trimmed the edges, they will be porous. Therefore, they will need two coats. Apply one coat and allow to dry at least halfway and then apply another coat before joining with another piece. It takes a bit longer to dry, but they stick together quite well.

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