I think I may have to pick these fellas as my new favorite gingerbread cookie:) It all started when I saw a clothespin craft on Pinterest. Looking at these cookies I bet you can imagine what the painted clothespin looked like, right? Check out THIS POST from Eyeballs by Day, Crafts by Night, and you will see for yourself.
And then there's Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie. She recently made some adorable snowmen cookie sticks, which finally got the ball rolling for my own cookie sticks. Check out Meaghan's tutorial while you're admiring the snowmen. I used the bench scraper to measure and cut my dough also, though my sticks were 4 1/2 inches, by 3/4-inch going into the oven.
I used my favorite gingerbread cookie recipe to make these fun cookies!
Use the recipe linked above, and then...
Roll the cookie dough out 3/8-inch thick, and into a rectangle.
Using a bench scraper (or ruler), make a small notch at each 3/4-inch measurement across the top, then measure 4 1/2-inches from top to bottom, and mark that with a notch.
Cut out the strips with the bench scraper and place them on the baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to help them keep their "stick" appearance.
Bake according to recipe (linked above).
Let cookies cool completely.
Using a number 2 tip, outline the cookies with brown royal icing (I used a mix of AmeriColor chocolate brown and warm brown). Let dry.
Using black, red and untinted royal icing, decorate the cookies as pictured. Let dry.
These fun cookie sticks would be great to stir in hot chocolate or as stocking stuffers!