Mix together butter, brown sugar and baking soda dissolved in water. In separate bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and mace. Combine with butter mixture. Add almonds. Roll dough into 2 loaves, each 3 - 1/2 x 10". Chill overnight in refrigerator. Slice into one-fourth inch slices. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.
NOTES : For as long as I remember, every night before bedtime my dad heats up some leftover coffee and sits down for a light snack. Peanut butter sandwiched between 2 windmill cookies is a favorite of his. I like the spicy, almond-studded cookie myself. I think I like them mostly for the memory-my dad, sitting, relaxed at the table in the kitchen of my family home.