Gingerbread Boy Cookie Recipe

This time of year always revolves around gingerbread and candy canes, and this year is no different in my kitchen!   


I just couldn’t wait to bake up a batch of these adorable cookies,

they are truly the hit of the cookie tray.

Perfect when giving a whole tray of cookie to friends and neighbors and wanting to have a cute addition, these will even make the simplest cookie tray look amazing.


I measured the candy canes I had and wanted the wood dowels to be slightly larger so that I would be sure the dowel would come out and the candy cane could slide in after the cookies puffed up when they were baked. I used 3/8″ dowels, they were perfect for regular candy canes, some other more gourmet candy canes can be thicker so be sure to measure your candy canes thickness. I cut the dowel into 2 1/2 inch long pieces which ended up perfect.


After the cookies are baked, let them cool about 2 minutes then gently slide the dowel out of the cookies.

Then allow the cookies to completely cool before placing the candy cane in.

Gingerbread Boy Cookie Recipe

Servings: 36 cookies


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In large mixer bowl beat butter with sugars.
  • Add in pumpkin pie spice, ginger, molasses, egg and vanilla.
  • Mix in flour, baking powder and salt until fully combined.
  • Roll out cookie dough in between wax paper to 1/4 inch.
  • Cut cookie with a cookie cutter.
  • Place cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Use 3/8" dowels cut to 2 1/2 inches long and wrap the gingerbread arms around the dowels.
  • Bake cookies at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool 2 minutes, gently slide dowels out of cookies by slightly twisting and sliding.
  • Allow cookies to completely cool.
  • Place candy canes into the arms.
  • *the candy canes I used measured slightly smaller than 3/8". Adding the candy canes was easy because the opening was slightly larger, the candy canes move freely on the cookie. If your candy canes are a different size, adjust the dowel size accordingly.


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