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