We’ve been enjoying a great book recently about Abraham Lincoln (from the Ordinary People Change the World series written by Brad Meltzer), which prompted talk about a log cabin. You can introduce your child to this style of architecture through classic toys like Lincoln Logs of course, but even more fun was putting together this edible version!
To construct the cabin, you need thick pretzel rods and your frosting of choice – we like the vegan vanilla from Wholesome Sweeteners.
Start out with a base, using the frosting as “glue” to attach the four corners.
Travis loved smearing on the frosting with a plastic knife, but your child may find that a makeshift pastry bag (i.e. a zip-top bag with a hole snipped in it) is easier.
From there, we spread our pretzels with more frosting (“cement”), and built up several layers.
A little carpenter at work!
It was tough to make the roof stay in the way we originally planned; if you have chocolate at home, it may be useful to melt some and use that to adhere two pretzel rods diagonally together. We managed to balance ours with generous globs of frosting, though it wasn’t particularly sturdy.
Luckily, the cabin was meant to be eaten, not saved – what a fun snack!
If you make this craft in the wintertime, your child may want to sprinkle the structure with coconut “snow” before snacking, too.