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How to make the cutest hugging gingerbread men cookies you've ever seen, courtesy of former culinary team member and Rach's "Cookie Man," Grant Melton. 

Get more gingerbread men decorating ideas here.


  • 4 cups flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel (optional)
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Zest of an orange
  • 1 egg


Serves: About 2 dozen large cookies


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ground fennel, if using. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, combine melted butter, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar and orange zest. Mix on medium speed until the mixture is well incorporated. Add in the egg and beat for another minute or two. Turn the mixer to its slowest speed and slowly add in the flour mixture in half-cup portions.

Turn the dough onto some plastic wrap. Wrap it tightly and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight. (You can also pop it into the freezer and save it for a later use.)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Roll the cookie dough out on a well-floured surface. Cut out a few gingerbread men using a large cookie cutter. Put them onto a cookie sheet. Place a peppermint candy or a sprig of rosemary on the gingerbread man’s chest. Carefully fold his arms over the rosemary or peppermint. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Let cool and decorate.