Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

makes about 4 dozen large man-shaped (or yogi-shaped!) cookies

3 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 T ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground white pepper

1/2 tsp salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2/3 cup molasses

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1 egg, slightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 325.

Combine the brown sugar, molasses, ground cloves, white pepper, cinnamon and ginger in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil on the stove for about three minutes, stirring occasionally.

Take pot off the stove and add the baking soda (this is the exciting part!!!). Stir well.

Add the butter, adding only a few chunks at a time and stirring well so each addition melts before the next. Add the egg and stir.

Finally, add the flour and salt. The dough will be very soft and still warm, but roll out on a floured covered surface. Cut with cookie cutters or use a large glass to make regular shaped cookies.

Bake for twelve minutes.