4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup water
7/8 cup butter
1 tablespoon orange zest -- grated
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ginger
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
2 teaspoons baking soda
Boil sugar, syrup, and water in a small saucepan.
Put the butter and spices
in a large
mixing bowl. Pour in the hot sugar mixture. Stir until butter has melted. Cool.
together baking soda and flour. Mix all ingredients toether to make a smooth
Cover and let stand overnight.
Roll out one portion of the dough at a time,
with a light
touch. Cut out shapes from the dough with cookie cutters. Place the cookies
greased cookie sheets.
Bake the cookies at 400F for 5-8 minutes in the center
of the oven.
Check often, as they burn easily.