My favorite, hands down:


Sift together:

2 cups plus 2 T sifted all-purpose flour
tsp double-acting baking powder
⅛ tsp baking soda
tsp salt
tsp freshly ground black pepper


tsp nutmeg (use tsp if using freshly grated nutmeg)
tsp ground cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
tsp anise seeds
1 tsp cardamom

Cream together:

cup butter
⅓ cup sugar

Add and bet well until light:

1 egg


cup finely chopped almonds
1 T finely chopped citron
cup finely chopped candied orange peel

Add the flour mixture to the above ingredients in thirds, alternately with:

⅓ cup molasses
1 T corn syrup
tsp brandy extract
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 T lemon juice

Beat well, then set aside overnight. Preheat oven to 350. Shape into 1-inch balls and bake on a greased cookie sheet 10 to 15 minutes. Roll while warm in a vat of powdered sugar.