4. c. flour ¼ tsp. black pepper
½ c. sugar ¾ c. molasses
1¼ tsp. baking soda ½ c. butter
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon 2 eggs, beaten
½ tsp. ground cloves powdered sugar
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and spices. In a saucepan combine molasses and butter; heat and stir until butter melts. Let cool to room temperature. Stir in eggs. Add molasses mixture to dry ingredients and mix well. Wrap and chill several hours or overnight. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on a Silpat-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350º for 12-14 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar. Makes about 5 dozen.