1. Measure sugar, spices, cocoa, soda into a very large bowl. Add water and stir until sugar is dissolved. 2. Stir in butter until melted. 3. Stir in molasses. 4. Gradually stir in 3 1/2 cups flour. Then knead in remaining flour until firm enough to roll. Dough can stay in the fridge for weeks. 5. Roll & cut into shapes. 6. Bake 10 to 15 min at 300 degrees on ungreased sheet until firm to the touch. 7. Leave on sheet 5 to 10 minutes.