One cup butter
Two cups brown sugar
Two eggs
Seven-eigths (7/8) cups molasses
Two teaspoons baking soda
Four and a half cups flour
One teaspoon cinnamon
One teaspoon nutmeg
One teaspoon cloves
One teaspoon ginger

Cream butter and sugar, add well beaten eggs, mollases, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger). Dissolve baking soda in a little hot water. Stir well and add flour one cup at a time. Roll dough into small balls. Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for between ten and twenty minutes.