Ingredients:

1/2 Creamed Shortening
1/2 Granulated Sugar
1/2 Dark Molasses
1 Egg
2 1/2 All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Salt
1 Baking Powder
1/2 Baking Soda
1 Ginger
1 Ground Cloves
1 1/2 Cinnamon
1/2 Nutmeg

Directions:

Mix together the shortening, sugar, and molasses.
Next, add egg and beat completely.
Combine all dry ingredients and add to the creamed ingredients–using 1/2 cup increments.
Beat well after each addition.
Refrigerate the dough until cold.
Roll out until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
Use cookie cutters to form the figures.
Place in a 350┬░ oven and bake for 10 – 12 minutes.