I love anything that can be made into a pop, or rather heaven on a stick as I like to call it. Candy turns into lollipops. Cake turns into a cake pop. And Gingerbread turns into Gingerbread Cookie-pops. Mmmmm!
This gingerbread cookie recipe is one I found on the internet ages ago– my mom was the shake ‘n bake queen– but never really got around to digging out of my recipe binder until a few years after I had kids. When cake pops became a thing, it just made sense to add icing, sprinkles (of course), and a stick to the cookie.
And so the Gingerbread Cookie-pop was born!
6 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1 T ground ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp all spice
1 T cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melt and then let cool to slightly warmer than room temperature
3/4 cup molasses
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, and cinnamon; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Then add in the dry ingredients until they have absorbed all the liquid mixture.
- Divide the dough into 2-3 pieces, pat down to about 1.5 inches thick, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350° F and prep your rolling surface with a good amount of flour.
- Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out on the floured surface to about 1/4″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into desired shapes.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Cook 10-12 minutes or until cookie looks dry but is soft to the touch.
- Cool on a wire rack. Once completely cooled, the gingerbread cookies can be frosted.
- This gingerbread cookie dough is super sticky, so make sure to work on a well floured surface.
- Use cookie cutters with thick designs to give the pop sticks stability.
- Pop sticks can be found in the cake decorating or baking section of your local grocery store.
- Insert the pop sticks when the cookies are slightly cooled but not completely. This helps prevent breakage and crumbs.