Mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl.
Mix softened butter with sugar until fluffy-light in another large bowl. Add molasses, egg and vanilla to the mixture.
Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time, blending well after each addition, to make soft dough. Wrap dough in foil and chill 4 hours or overnight.
Roll out dough, 1 quarter at a time, to a 1/8” thickness on lightly floured wax paper. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
Place 1” apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cook until cookies are firm, but not too dark. Makes about
3 dozen cookies.