This is my great grandmas recipe. My mom still has the card she wrote it on. We have traditionally made these on Thanksgiving, in the shape of a turkey. This year I am a little less ambitious and can't really reach the back of the counter so instead of rolling them out I used a cookie scoop and then flattened them with a glass. I have only made one change, she used lard and I use butter. You could use shortening also. Traditions are fun, I want to start more, any ideas?
2 cups sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup butter
1 t allspice
2 t cinnamon
3 eggs (save one egg white to brush the tops, this keeps them soft)
2 t baking soda dissolved in 3 T water
5-6 cups flour, start with 5 and see how sticky it is
Mix in order given, roll out and cut into shapes. Brush with egg whites and bake at 350 until tops are cracked looking.
Sometimes I burn a tray just to keep as my stash in the freezer to have with tea.