These cookies are fabulous. They are dense and really chewy, the texture is amazing. And worth the trouble, trust me. Mama’s been making these as long as I can remember. She said she got the recipe out of a Southern Living book at some point years ago.

3/4 c butter
1 c light brown sugar
1 c molasses
1 tsp Allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
3 2/3 c plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Combine butter, brown sugar, molasses and spices. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, let cool, and sit at room temperature for 8 hours.
Combine flour, soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into syrup mixture. Chill several hours.
Roll out and cut -or- press dough into a 10×15 pan cake pan for bar cookies. (this dough is difficult to work with… roll out small bits at a time and keep the rest chilled as you work if you don’t do the bar cookies). It’s going to be thin.
Bake at 350 degrees. This is the tricky part. For the 10×15 Mama goes about 10 minutes watching veryyy carefully. It puffs up and you want to pull them out when they seem a little undercooked. Because if you cook them too long they get hard as rocks. For individual cookies (which again is *really* difficult with this dough, but possible if you’re adventurous) it’s going to take less time. And depend on your oven.