Ever since Disney+ launched in November, I’ve been having so much fun watching holiday movies while crafting and baking! I was especially delighted to watch Noelle, in which Anna Kendrick plays the daughter of the late Kris Kringle. Noelle fully embodies the spirit of Christmas, and your whole family will be joining in on the fun as you watch the film and make this gingerbread scene.
Don’t miss Noelle, now streaming on Disney+!
Noelle Gingerbread Scene
- GINGERBREAD DOUGH:
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 egg whites
- About 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Icing coloring
- Construction paper
- Baby deer and gingerbread woman cookie cutters
- Plastic sandwich bags
- Butter knife
- Parchment paper
All baking and cutting should be done by an adult.
Start by mixing the softened butter, brown sugar and molasses in a large bowl. Once completely combined, add egg and vanilla and mix again.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
Slowly, about one cup at a time, add the dry ingredients to the butter, sugar, and molasses.
Wrap the dough in foil or plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
Take a break from baking to sketch out a sleigh shape (about 8” long and 5” tall) onto the construction paper and cut it out.
Pre-heat the oven to 350F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Roll out your dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut out a few deer and gingerbread women. (It helps to have some extras!)
Use your sleigh template and cut out two matching sleigh shapes using a butter knife.
Measure out two 3-inch by 3-inch squares. Also, cut out a 3-inch by 5-inch piece to act as a base for the sleigh.
Bake all gingerbread pieces for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Prepare your icing by combining three egg whites in a large bowl. Slowly add 3 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
Spoon some icing into a plastic sandwich bag. Twist the bag until the icing moves to one corner of the bag, then cut a very small tip of the corner to create a piping bag!
Prop up the two sleigh pieces next to each other using cups or mugs. Use the icing to glue the square pieces inside the sleigh pieces. Let the icing set for at least 2 hours before moving the sleigh. Once set, add the base, if desired.
Divide the rest of the icing to create the other colors: yellow, red, green, dark green, brown and just a tiny bit of pink. Place these colors into individual sandwich piping bags.
Decorate Noelle and Snowball! Snowball should be all white with brown eyes and a nose. Add a holly leaf if you’d like as well!
For Noelle, begin with the white icing portions: her face, hands, furry vest, and the border of the skirt.
Next, add green on her top, arms, skirt, and the little stripes on her leggings. Use the dark green to outline the lighter green, create snowflakes on the skirt, stripes on the leggings, and to make her boots. Use brown for her hair, face, and belt.
Finally, add yellow on her belt, and pink to her cheeks. Use the white icing one more time to add dots of texture to the fur vest, and detail to her boots.
Check on your sleigh and make sure the icing has set completely. If so, delicately place it on its side. Use red and yellow icing to decorate.
Display your whole scene! Fill up the sleigh with candy, and use toothpicks to set up your characters.