December 13, 2011

Cute Gingerbread Cookies

These cute gingerbread cookies holding candy canes are perfect for holiday parties or a cookie exchange. 

I love the smell of gingerbread.  They are my favorite Christmas cookie.  I can't help but eat a ton of the little guys. Sometimes I just open up the bag and sniff.  I know, weird, but there you go.

My mom used to make these when I was growing up, and I decided to try making some myself, just for fun.  The kids think they are really cool.

First I made my gingerbread dough (I just use the recipe out of the better homes and gardens cookbook) and chilled it.  Then I rolled and cut it with a 5 inch gingerbread man cookie cutter.  Try and find one that has longish arms, as it will make this whole thing easier.

Once it is cut, if the arm is still a little short to bend over the candy cane, just flatten it out a bit with your finger.  (I should totally be a hand model, huh?)

Now, I kind of improvised here, as I'm prone to do.  My mom uses a straw as a placeholder while baking, but I did not have any, so I cut some bamboo skewers and used 3 of them to make the space for the candy cane.  She says the straws will curl some on the ends if you use them.  Personally I was thinking that a dowel would be perfect for the job, but I didn't have one, so I made do.

I took three parts of a skewer, and pushed them down where I wanted the candy cane to be, leaving a bit of an indentation. Then I folded the arm over the skewers and pushed the end down a bit.  It's easy to pinch the dough back together if there are any breaks.

Then bake the cookies according to your recipe (I always bake cookies on parchment paper).  When the cookies are done, remove them to a cooling rack, and while still warm, gently pull out the sticks and slip in a candy cane.  Let cool and decorate.  Cute, huh?  Use these for a fun gift. They would also be great cookies for a Christmas party.

What's your favorite Christmas cookie? Tell me in the comments!

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This cookie cutter looks like it would work well:


And here are some little candy canes in case you can't find them in your local store: 

And these ninjabread men are just plain funny:


  1. This recipe is so fun! I made some with my grandkids while I was in Denver. Yours turned out really cute! McDonald's has fat straws that don't curl. I sent Bryan to McDonalds the other day to buy a drink and pick me up straws!

  2. What a great idea! We love gingerbread cookies around here. I think my daughter will love them even more if they're holding candy canes. ;-) Have a great day!

  3. Too cute to eat hehe.

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  4. Just stopping by from Mingle with Us. How cute are these gingerbread men! We're baking this weekend and I'm adding these adorable cookies to my list! My preschooler will love these! I'm your newest follower on GFC!

    Criss-Cross Applesauce

  5. This is such a cute idea? I love candy cane! I would love for you to lnk this up to my Christmas Traditions Link Up !

  6. Oh my... too cute! I'm new to your blog today and love it! I'd love for you to link up at my "Life is About... blog hop" going on now!

    (p.s. - I'm your new GFC follower)!

  7. please give the ginger cookie recipie

  8. So cute! Thanks for the recipe. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  9. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about Christmas! It would be great if you linked in any Xmas favourites you have. This is the link . Have a good week.