This Hanging Gingerbread Cookies gift is a unique spin on a classic, shared over 100 thousand times! Just add a small candy cane to the back and hang the cookies from a cup of cocoa! 

This Hanging Gingerbread Cookies recipe makes 18 and costs just $7.24 to make, which is only $0.41 per serving. 

If you love Gingerbread, then you must try my Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip recipe. You can make it in just 5 minutes, and it’s my most popular Christmas recipe!

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Decorated gingerbread cookies stacked on each other.

Hanging Gingerbread Cookies Gift

My 5-year-old daughter LOVES helping me in the kitchen, and she’s becoming quite the little sous chef! We often make treats while my 2-year-old is napping. I like it when we can make a recipe from start to finish while he’s sleeping, like this Hanging Gingerbread Cookie Recipe.

My daughter has been helping me in the kitchen since she was 2, and I’ve been slowly building her recipe know-how and confidence.

Today she learned that sometimes the best tool in the kitchen is your hands! Mia loved squishing the gingerbread dough between her fingers! She also loved cutting out the dough with our snowflake cookie cutter.

5 year old helping to make gingerbread cookies.

She also learned the many uses of Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets parchment paper! They’re so convenient because they’re already cut to the size of our cookie sheets! She also learned you can use parchment paper for:

  • Wrapping cookie dough while it chills.
  • Lining cookie sheets for perfectly baked cookies.
  • For using under cookies while decorating for quick cleanup (I’m all about the quick cleanup!).

This gingerbread recipe is easily one of my favorite Christmas-time recipes! They’re different from other Christmas cutout cookies with a simple twist.

It is so easy; all it takes is a small candy cane adhered to the back of these gingerbread cookies to make them hang! You will love how soft these gingerbread cookies taste with a cup of hot cocoa. 

Gingerbread cookie with a small candy cane attached, and hanging from a cup of cocoa.

A Different Kind of Christmas Cookie

My family loves hanging these off of mugs of warm cocoa; they make them cozier that way. I also like making them for gifts and cookie exchanges.

And trust me, if you make these for a cookie exchange, you’ll be the most popular person in the room! They really are the best gingerbread cookies out there! 

You will find that these perfectly spiced gingerbread cookies are soft in the center, have a crispy edge, and a dough that is easy to work with. Perfect for getting the kiddos to help cut out the shapes! 

More Gingerbread Recipes:

This Hanging Gingerbread Cookie recipe is SO easy to make; let me show you how!

How to Make Hanging Gingerbread Cookies:

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  1. Make, roll out, and cut cookie dough.
  2. Add cut dough to parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  3. Bake until edges are set.
  4. Decorate with royal icing and dry.
  5. Attach a candy cane to the back of each cookie using royal icing.
  6. Allow icing to dry completely, then hang cookies from cups of hot cocoa!

Are gingerbread cookies soft or hard?

Gingerbread cookies are meant to be soft and not hard. If some crumbs fall on you while taking a bite into the cookie, then you know they are a perfect consistency!

How long do gingerbread cookies last?

Suppose you wrap the cookies in freezer wrap and then place the cookies in an airtight container; they can be stored in the freezer for 6-8 months. They will stay fresh in an airtight container stored at room temperature for up to one week. 

How do you know when gingerbread cookies are done?

It can be difficult to tell when a darker color cookie is done baking as you cannot tell when it is lightly browned on top as you can with most other cookies. A quick tip is to use a spatula to gently press the cookie’s edge to check that the edges are firm. If the edges are firm, the cookies are done!

How much will this Gingerbread Cookies Gift recipe cost: 



NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

    • 4 cups all-purpose flour – $0.86
    • 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
    • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda – $0.01
    • ¾ cup powdered sugar – $0.07
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – $0.04
    • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cloves – $1.29
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger – $0.22
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg – $0.39
    • 1 cup sugar – $0.23
    • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter – $1.60
    • 1 cup molasses – $2.16
    • 1 large egg – $0.10
    • ½ Tablespoon meringue powder – $0.02
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice – $0.02
    • 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon water – $0.00

Cook’s Note:

Use your favorite gingerbread recipe, pouch mix, or refrigerated dough for this recipe.

You can use the method of decorating and attaching the candy canes to this cutout sugar cookie recipe.

The royal icing recipe below made about 1 ½-2 cups. It was the perfect amount for decorating 24, 3-inch snowflake gingerbread cookies.

The Royal Icing recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc.

The cookies will keep, in an air-tight container at room temperature between layers of parchment paper, for up to 5 days.

I do not recommend freezing these cookies once the candy canes are attached. For some reason, candy canes “melt” in the freezer.

To speed up the icing drying time I like to pop decorated cookies in the refrigerator.

Cook’s Tools and Ingredients:

  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • edible glitter
  • mini candy canes

A gingerbread cookies gift with a cup of hot chocolate.

More Holiday Desserts:

Gingerbread Cookie hanging from the side of a cocoa cup
5 from 6 votes

Hanging Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Recipe Cost $ 7.24
Serving Cost $ 0.41
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
18 people
This Hanging Gingerbread Cookie recipe is a unique spin on the classic. Just add a small candy cane to the back and hang the cookies from a nice warm cup of cocoa!


  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • edible glitter
  • mini candy canes



  • ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon meringue powder or 1 Tablespoon egg white
  • 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon water***


  • Edible glitter or sprinkles
  • 18 Mini candy canes


  • Line baking sheets with Reynolds Parchment Paper. Make, roll out, cut and bake gingerbread cookie dough according to your recipe. Cool cookies completely before decorating.


  • Add powdered sugar, meringue powder (or egg whites), lemon juice and 2 tablespoons ***water to bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low until combined. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.


  • Place icing in a small, resealable plastic bag. Cut a small portion of one corner off. Squeeze icing onto cutout cookies and sprinkle with edible glitter or sprinkles. Dry completely on a parchment-lined baking sheet.


  • Flip cookies over, apply a small amount of royal icing to each cookie, and lightly press candy canes into the icing. Dry completely before hanging cookies from mugs.


***If you’re using egg white instead of meringue powder, please use only 1 Tablespoon of water!


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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This Hanging Gingerbread Cookies Gift recipe is a unique spin on the classic shared over 100 thousand times. Just add a small candy cane to the back and hang the cookies from a cup of cocoa! This recipe has been shared over 100,000 times! 

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  1. Alicia Gonzalez says:

    These look amazing! i’m going to have to try that. My kids will love it and I’ve never seen this before. Thanks so much for sharing! #client

    1. These hanging gingerbread cookies are a favorite around my house. You can also do the same thing with sugar cookies. Enjoy!

  2. Auntiepatch says:

    What a good idea!

    1. Thank You I’m a terrible stay at home mom too! I’m also creative and love new ideas to work my 3.5 year old. Clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

      1. You’re 3.5 year old will love making these with you, enjoy!

  3. These look so amazing! I love the snowflake cookie cutter shape too!

  4. This really is just the cutest idea!

  5. Cute idea to use the candy cane as a hook! My daughter would love making these!

  6. Matt @ Plating Pixels says:

    Those are super cute! But pretty sure they wouldn’t last long on my cup before I eat them 😉

  7. Love this, looks like you had fun!

  8. This is a great project to do with my own 5 year old, if she doesn’t eat all the fixings first.

  9. Looks yummy! thanks for sharing your recipe!

  10. This is the cutest idea ever! My kids would love it!

  11. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    This is great, the best holiday memories are those made with the family and this is perfect!