In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Stir in golden syrup and eggs; cream well. Sieve together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until smooth. Refrigerate dough overnight.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Roll out dough to 5mm thickness. Cut out biscuits with a 5cm round biscuit cutter. Place at least 2.5cm apart on a baking tray and bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven.