Makes about 10 dozen cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in medium bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and lemon peel; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix just until blended.
  3. Grease cookie sheets. Divide dough into four equal pieces; shape each piece into 3/4-inch-thick rope about 12 inches long. Place ropes on prepared cookie sheets. Freeze about 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut frozen ropes into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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