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My childhood is filled with memories of my family building Gingerbread houses for the holidays. As kids, the idea of being able to play with our candy was brilliant. Of course, half the candy would end up in our mouths instead of on the gingerbread house.
As I have grown up, I have discovered that there are way more creative gingerbread houses than the 4 walls and a roof. There are some people who have a talent to create extraordinary gingerbread houses in all different shapes and sizes. I will admit, my gingerbread skills would never match u to the masterpieces I have seen. Thankfully, family.disney.com has created a wonderful template to take the four walls and chamge it to something one would see in a Galaxy Far far away. My family and I will be able to create sour very own Millennium Falcon Gingerbread Starship piece of art!
Take your holiday to light speed with this Millennium Falcon Gingerbread Starship. Not only is it super fun (and delicious) to create, but it’s also the perfect way to combine your family’s love of the holidays with their love of Star Wars. And with the addition of Star Wars: The Last Jedi figures, they can go on interstellar adventures to get ready for the film, in theaters on December 15. family.disney.com
The recipe below includes the recipe for the dough, the sticky icing, and a few tips to make the best Starship this side of the galaxy. And with the free printable Millennium Falcon template, the gingerbread ship is a snap to create.
Millennium Falcon Gingerbread Starship
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- Small paring knife
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 cups powdered sugar
- Zip-top bags
- Candy of your choice
Photo and recipe from family.disney.com
- Download and print the templates on cardstock. Then cut each shape out.
- Next, make your dough. Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
- Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix the dry into the wet, about 1 cup at a time, mixing as you pour. Finish mixing with your hands and knead dough until combined completely. Chill for approximately 2 hours or more.
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Remove from refrigerator and roll out onto a floured surface, to 1/4” thick.
- Use your templates and small paring knife to cut out the shapes from the dough. Follow the templates to know the number of shapes to cut out. (Tip: Use a floured, plastic cutting board to transfer the pieces — like a giant spatula!)
- Place parchment paper on all trays. Once all the pieces have been cut from the dough and placed on the trays, bake smaller pieces for 7 minutes and the larger pieces for 10-15. (Tip: It’s much better for the construction if they’re over baked, rather than under baked!)
- Remove from oven, then let the trays and gingerbread pieces cool a little. Then slide the whole parchment paper with baked pieces onto a flat surface and let them cool completely.
- Make your icing while the pieces are cooling. In a large bowl add the vanilla and egg white. Using a whisk, mix in a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time — only adding the next 1/2 once the first is fully mixed in. Keep adding powdered sugar until mixture is quite thick. (It should not easily drip off the whisk.)
- Divide icing into two zip-top bags and place in the refrigerator. Let it chill for at least 20 minutes.
- Take your icing bags and cut different size holes in a bottom corner — a larger one for “gluing” the gingerbread pieces together (about 1/8”) and a very small tip for the details. Now you have piping bags!
- Use the templates as your guide, while you construct the ship. Start by gluing ship piece #1 to #2. This will be the bottom of the ship. Repeat with your other #1 and #2 pieces — this will be the top of the ship.
- Next, use the icing to attach the rectangle pieces (sides A, B, and C) all around the edges to create your sides. These will hold up the top. Then pipe outlines around the edges and any small details.
- Attach the cockpit (piece #3). Then start decorating the Millennium Falcon! Use frosting to outline the ship, add details, and attach cookies, chocolate wafers, peppermints, chocolates, and candies