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Gingerbread Cookie Sticks: Hands down, this is my favorite Gingerbread Cookie recipe of all time. I love my new way of serving it: cut into cookie sticks and topped with candy or white chocolate.

Good luck eating just one, my friends!

The BEST Gingerbread Cookie Sticks topped with white chocolate or fun size Twix!

Do you have cookie recipes you make over and over again? I used to…then I started this blog. Now I hardly ever make anything twice, and if I do it always has some sort of little difference, like adding Rolos or frosting or whatever.

Basically, posting recipes to a food blog is like a famous person on the red carpet: you can’t wear (or bake) the same thing twice. #fact

But all that aside, when I started brainstorming my holiday recipes this year, I realized there are two recipes that I make every year but I’ve never shared here. I kind of feel like a really bad friend, like I’ve been holding out on you or something. Because these two recipes are seriously the best ones; they’re ones my family looks forward to every Christmas.

Will you forgive me?

The BEST Gingerbread Cookie Sticks

First up: Gingerbread Cookie Sticks. I’ve been making this recipe for about 9 years now. It’s my go-to gingerbread recipe. I’m not much for a dry, crumbly, cutout gingerbread cookie. I like soft, pillowy cookies…and these gingerbread cookie sticks fit the bill.

I tell myself every year that I’m only going to eat one or two. That’s it!

However, I’m a big fat liar, because I end up eating at least half the pan. Seriously. This is one of those recipes that you keep going back and sneaking bites of. It’s a coffee grind recipe, if you get my drift.

Gingerbread cookie sticks are thick, soft, chewy, and it taste like Christmas. That’s the perfect holiday cookie recipe, if you ask me.

The BEST Gingerbread Cookie Sticks

This gingerbread recipe is super simple and basic. Butter, molasses, and sugar get mixed with allspice and cinnamon to make that telltale molasses cookie flavor.

Sidebar: isn’t opening a jar of molasses the best thing ever? I opened a fresh jar for these cookies and the second I got a whiff I was transported back to my 10-year-old self standing at my kitchen table rolling out gingerbread men.

I kind of really love how food and memory and smell are all intertwined like that. 🙂

The BEST Gingerbread Cookie Sticks topped with white chocolate or fun size Twix!

The rich, thick, cookie dough is pressed into a 10×15 jelly roll pan for baking. That’s the best part about these Gingerbread Cookie Sticks: no rolling or mess! Just line your pan with foil (so you can remove them soon after they bake for cutting) and press the dough into the pan.

If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, you can use a rimmed cookie sheet that’s close to the 10×15 size (opt bigger if needed, but not smaller). The cookies bake in just about 15 minutes. It’s very important not to over bake them. Do you see how thick and almost fudgy they look in the center? That’s from not over baking! They’re done when you press your finger into the top of the just baked dough and it sort of bounces back slowly.

Once you let the cookies cool for just a few minutes in the pan, you remove the whole sheet of gingerbread cookie and use a knife or pizza cutter to cut them into sticks. And that’s when the fun begins.

While the cookie sticks are still hot, you can press your favorite candy on the top. Fun Size Twix or Kit Kats would be perfect. Let them cool completely before pulling the sticks apart.

Or, if you don’t want to go the candy route, go the pretty way. Let the sticks cool and drizzle them with melted white chocolate and sprinkles. You can also give the kids some vanilla frosting and candy and let them go to town.

Just be careful once you start eating them. Because you’ll throw back 4 in no time flat.

The BEST Gingerbread Cookie Sticks topped with white chocolate or fun size Twix!

And, as amazing as these Gingerbread Cookie Sticks are, you gotta leave room for my #2 most made cookie:  That recipe is coming soon. 🙂

Gingerbread Cookie Sticks: One of my favorite ways to eat gingerbread!
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Servings: 24 bars

Gingerbread Cookie Sticks

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
This is the BEST gingerbread cookie recipe and my absolute favorite. It bakes in a sheet pan and is sliced while it's still warm. Top it with your favorite candy, like Twix, or drizzle it with white chocolate and sprinkles!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips — plus 1 teaspoon Crisco or vegetable oil to aid in melting and sprinkles OR
  • 24 fun size Twix — or your favorite candy

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 10x15 jelly roll pan with foil (let the foil hang over the sides for easy removal of the hot bars) and spray with cooking spray. (If you don’t have a jelly roll pan you can use a rimmed cookie sheet that’s close to 10x15” in size, but opt bigger instead of smaller.)
  2. Beat sugar, butter, and molasses in the large bowl with a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in the egg, salt, baking soda, and spices. Slowly mix in flour until a thick dough forms.
  3. Press dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake about 15 minutes, until indentations in the dough bounce back slightly. The top will no longer be glossy.
  4. Cool gingerbread for 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully remove the full sheet of gingerbread using the foil overhang to a cookie sheet. If you’re using the fun size Twix bars, press them in two equal rows onto the gingerbread, use a knife or a pizza cutter to cut the slab into 24 sticks. Otherwise, just cut them into sticks and cool.
  5. If drizzling with white chocolate, melt the white chocolate chips and oil or Crisco in a small bowl on half power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Place chocolate in a small baggie with the tip cut off and drizzle over sticks, sprinkle with sprinkles.
  6. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to one month.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cookie stick) — Calories: 346, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 908mg, Carbohydrates: 50g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Protein: 3g

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42 comments

  1. I love the texture of these bars! So much better to have soft and chewy than hard and crispy when it comes to gingerbread. And the Twix is happy genius.

  2. Yes opening a jar of molasses is the best thing ever! I did it over the weekend when I made some cookies and I just love molasses so much! I know I would LOVE THESE! And I love Twix so much! Pinned 🙂

  3. I love love molasses! It always makes me happy to open a jar! 🙂 These cookie sticks look crazy good! LOVE that you topped them with candy! Pinned!

  4. Gingerbread and egg nog, my two favorite parts of Christmas and this time of year! I try and eat anything containing gingerbread! I will be attempting these delicious looking bars.

  5. Umm, wow. These look just amazing!!

  6. I’ve just begun to appreciate gingerbread and molasses the past few years. Yes, I know, I’ve been missing out. I love that these are cookie sticks and I definitely love the white frosting and red/green sprinkles.

  7. I love the idea of cookie sticks, Dorothy! These look like such a fun treat. Delish!

  8. How fun is this?! Such a great idea for the holidays!

  9. You’re totally forgiven for not sharing until now – I’m not keen on dry, crumbly gingerbread either and these look so perfect! 

    Can totally relate to never making the same thing twice haha – #foodbloggerproblems! 

  10. You had me at “soft, pillowy cookies”. The idea of making these into sticks is perfect. So simple and fun for the holidays. Pinning!

  11. That gingerbread looks incredible – I’m with you on the hard cut-out gingerbread, I’ve never found a recipe for those that I’ve actually liked – but this looks pretty awesome, gingerbread in a soft cookie!

  12. Ahh… Gingerbread! I love these sticks, they looks so spicy and sweet, perfect for Christmas. And it is even better that they are cookie sticks as well! x 

  13. These look so yummy!! Your amazing when it comes to treats. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Those are gorgeous Dorothy, and they sound incredible!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xxo

  15. STICK IT! These look perfect. And I’m totally in the mood for them because as a food blogger, I’m already SO OVER Thanksgiving.

  16. You totally nailed it with the red carpet analogy! It’s so true about never making the same thing twice. It probably drives my family nuts because they like to request things, and I just keep putting little twists on those recipes so I can photograph it and call it a new recipe for the blog. 😉 And yes, I definitely get your coffee grind drift!! Pinned!

  17. I do love all things gingerbread! But twix on top? So it’s like gingerbread twix? Yum!

  18. Wow – these look incredible! Soft cookies in stick form? Sign me up! I am not sharing with anyone either. 🙂

  19. This is such a unique recipe. I love the addition of  candy to the cookie sticks and yes it is nice how food and memories go together. 

  20. You’re forgiven! These are amazing 🙂

  21. Get OUT! With a twix on top?! These are INSANE! I want one so bad! 

  22. These gingerbread cookies look fantastic. I love a good gingerbread recipe and this one looks like one I’ll have to try soon. Thanks for sharing.

  23. the prettiest, most Christmasy cookie bars EVER!

  24. Oh my goodness these look absolutely amazing!! They are so creative and such a fun treat for the holidays! I love the sprinkles as a finishing christmas touch!! 🙂

  25. OMG!! It’s not Christmas until I can smell Gingerbread in my house..and right now I can smell it coming from my screen!!

  26. Ok, so I was totally laughing at your red carpet comment…I never make the same dessert twice now. Everything gets a twist if it’s going to be made again! And soft pillowy cookie sticks…yes, please. I have never been a big fan of crunchy gingerbread men, but these I could fall in love with!

  27. Just baked, drizzled, sprinkled and ate these yummy bars! They’re the perfect balance of soft (not too) spicy gingerbready goodness.

  28. Is there no ginger in this recipe or is that a typo? Also, more reviews from people who have actually made the recipe would be greatly appreciated 🙂

  29. Hello! I’ve just tried Trader Joe’s Gingerbread cookie sticks and fell in love. I have to find a way to make them at home! So I found this recipe while doing a search for Gingerbread cookie sticks. Anybody know if this recipe will make a similar tasting cookie? In any case, I am for sure going to try this, but will add ground ginger to make certain they’re spicy, and sprinkle sugar on the top. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • I just called my Trader Joe’s to find out these have been discontinued so we will never see them again. This recipe is very close. It’s a little more molasses forward. I added one teaspoon of ground ginger and sprinkled with turbinado sugar on top. The next time I’ll just freeze molasses by a little bit more and add more Ginger to get closer to the Trader Joe’s version. The texture is dreamy though. Try it you won’t regret it.

  30. Why is there no ginger listed in the ingredients?

  31. Have you tried drizzling a light lemon glaze on top instead of the white chocolate? I’m debating this or a plain vanilla drizzle and using Christmas m&m’s for garnish.

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