In a saucepan, combine 3/4 C light molasses and 1/2 C butter. Cook and stir till butter melts. Cool to room temp. Stir in 2 beaten eggs. Sift 4 1/4 C sifted all-purpose flour, 1/2 C sugar, 1 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and a dash of pepper. Add to molasses mixture. Mix well, chill several hours. Shape chilled dough into 1 inch. balls. Bake on a greased cookie sheet in a moderate oven (375°) for 12 minutes. Cool, roll in confectioner's sugar. Makes 4 1/2 dozen. (59 cookie scoop size)
Your kids will not go nuts over these. You might not either. But I like them. So there.