I couldn’t have Christmas without these, or at least, not happily. Rituals are essential to give us meaning, a sense of ceremony, and making these peppery, gingerbready edible decorations is how I have always marked with my children that Christmas has begun.
Instant Royal Icing can be tricky to find in the US, in which case you can make your own Royal Icing by mixing 2½ cups confectioners' sugar with 2 tablespoons of meringue powder. Add 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of warm water and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until the icing has thickened and forms soft peaks.
Photo by Lis Parsons.
Recipe posted by Nigella