* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 2/3 cup molasses
* 2 eggs
* 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
# Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
# In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and eggs. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; beat into the molasses mixture. Gradually stir in the remaining flour by hand to form a stiff dough.
# Divide dough into 2 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
# Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.