Spice Cookies - Krydderikager

Cream butter and sugar. Beat the egg and add to the butter and sugar. Stir baking soda into the boiling water, add molasses, then beat into the creamed mixture.

Sift 5 cups of the flour together with the spices. Add as much of the remaining flour as is necessary to make a good stiff dough, but not too stiff.

Roll out about ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut into fancy shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets and let chill at least 1 hour, or as long as overnight if you wish.

Bake about 15 minutes in a preheated 375° oven.