Royal Icing

Yield: 2 1/2 -3 cups

3-4 Tbsp meringue powder

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp lemon extract

1. Whisk together meringue powder and powdered sugar.  Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment.  

2. Add warm water and mix on high speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks are achieved.  Transfer to a piping bag and use to adhere gingerbread house pieces.

Notes:  Not all meringue powder is created equal.  Be sure to check the recipe on the container before you begin.   I usually use 3 Tbsp. meringue powder, but if you don't have a powerful stand mixer in which to whip the icing, you may use an additional tablespoon.  It will come together more quickly.