4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup lard
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups Steen's Pure Cane Syrup
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp ground ginger


1. Blend the first six ingredients in a large bowl. Mix in sugar.

2. Cut in butter or margarine and lard. Add syrup and vinegar gradually, mixing thoroughly. Chill dough thoroughly.

3. Using a small amount of dough at a time; roll out about 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut with fancy cookie cutters. Transfer to greased cookie sheets.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

YIELD: About 6 dozen cookies