Sift together- flour, baking soda, cloves,
cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
Add to butter mixture gradually and blend
thoroughly, kneading in by hand, the last of
the flour mixture. Dough should be stiff. Add a
bit more milk if dough is too crumbly.
Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut out figures with cutters, remove scraps of
dough and reuse. Or, cut into house shapes to
make gingerbread house. Use royal icing to glue
Bake in oven 12-15 minutes until lightly
browned on edges. Watch so they don't burn.
Transfer to cooling rack and let cool.