This section is from the "The New Home Cook Book" book, by Ladies Of Chicago Et Al. Also available from Amazon: The Home Cook Book: Tried, Tested, Proved.
Mrs. Mann, Freeport.
One half cup butter, one of molasses, one of sugar, one of cold water, one heaping teaspoon soda, one quart of flour. Ginger and salt to taste; drop on the tins and bake in a quick oven.
Mrs. J. O. Knapp.
One cup of sugar, one of butter, one of molasses, two tablespoons ginger, and two teaspoons saleratus dissolved in three tablespoons of hot water. Bake quickly.
Miss Gilbert, Evanston.
One cup molasses, one-half of sugar, two-thirds of butter, one-half of water, one tablespoon ginger, one-half teaspoon of alum dissolved in hot water, two teaspoons saleratus, dissolved in the molasses; mix the whole, with flour enough to roll out nicely.
Mrs. John Edwards, Rockford. One cup of molasses; let it come to a boil, then add two teaspoons of soda, when cool; mix one cup of butter, three-fourths of sugar, and two eggs well together; then add your molasses and two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons ginger, some cinnamon, and some cloves, and allspice; add flour and roll very thin; bake in a quick oven.