1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup butter
Put these two ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until butter melts. Cool to room temperature.
2 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Mix together the flour, baking soda, sugar and spices.
Stir egg into the cooled molasses mixture. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Cover with plastic and refrigerate about one hour.
Divide dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece to about 10″ rope. Cut into small pieces and place on an ungreased pan.
Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes until edges just begin to brown lightly.
Remove and cool.
Can be frozen in air tight bags or kept at room temperature in a sealed container – place n apple slice in the container if they begin to harden.