These cookies are from an old recipe of my grandmother's (Großma Klassen). The recipe calls for 4 1/4 cups flour but the extra 1/4 cup is not often used.
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup butter
4 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground mace (or nutmeg)
1 tsp soda
1 tsp ground star anise
1tbs lemon juice
1 tbs grated lemon zest
2 tbs milk
Mix the sugar and honey and heat over gentle heat (flame) until melted. Do not boil. Add butter, lemon juice and zest. Cool.
Combine milk to which a beaten egg is added and stir liquids into flour that has been sifted with spices and soda. Should be a soft sticky dough.
Let stand, wrapped in plastic, overnight.
Roll dough out 1/8 inch thick. Sprinkle with sugar and roll over once. Cut into shapes.
Bake at 350ºF for up to 15 minutes (I baked for 11-12 minutes until just brown, depends on pans and ovens). Store when cooled in containers with a piece of apple until cookies are soft - up to 3 weeks.