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My son just turned three, and he’s totally getting into the holiday spirit this year. We’re starting to form family traditions, and this year, we decided to make a Gingerbread House as a family. Andrew is a huge fan of Disney Planes Fire and Rescue, so I thought it would be fun to make this a Planes-themed gingerbread house, modeled after the Piston Peak Lodge!
When we heard that Planes Fire and Rescue toys were on Rollback at Walmart, I knew I had to pick up a few to add to our collection. Right now, you can get the Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway Rollback to $24.97, Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack Rollback to $14.97, Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment Rollback to $19.97.
Now that you’ve got your toys, are you ready to start assembling your Piston Peak Gingerbread Lodge? Let’s get started!
Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Gingerbread House
Royal Icing (White and Green)
Waffle Ice Cream Cones
No. 2 Icing Tip
No. 69 (Leaf) Icing Tip
Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness and cut out the pieces for your lodge using the template. Place on a prepared baking sheet (I used a silpat to line mine) and chill for 15 minutes.
Bake chilled pieces at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, until the center of each piece is firm, but the edges are not brown. Be careful not to burn them! Allow to cool completely.
While you’re waiting for the gingerbread to cool, you can go ahead and make the trees for your forest. Add green royal icing to a disposable bag fitted with your leaf icing tip. Pipe the icing onto the ice cream cones so that it resembles an evergreen tree — there’s no real rhyme or reason, just go with what looks good! You’ll work in layers from the bottom to the top, filling in gaps as you go.
You can also cut the ice cream cones to be different sizes so that you have different sizes of trees.
When the gingerbread is cool, you’ll start assembling your lodge using the white royal icing as the glue. Work quickly because the icing will harden pretty fast. You may need to trim some of the pieces to get them to fit together better.
I assembled our lodge on wax paper sitting on top of a large piece of cardboard so that I could easily move it.
Once you have the lodge assembled, cut pieces of pretzel rods and pretzel sticks to fit around the frame and adhere them using royal icing. Use the icing to add decorations to the lodge (like a wreath on the roof, windows, etc.) and just have fun!
The best part is that your Gingerbread Lodge is the perfect place for a Disney Planes Fire and Rescue mission!
Windlifter is coming in for the landing….
What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
What a fun gingerbread house! I love the evergreen trees made from ice cream cones! What a fun idea for Christmas and to use those new Planes toys with! #client