1/4 cup shortening, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 small egg

1/2 cup molasses

1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water

2 cups sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together thoroughly, the shortening, sugar, egg and molasses. Stir in baking soda/water. Sift together dry ingredients and add to molasses mixture. Chill dough. Drop by rounded teaspoonsful about 2-inches apart on lightly greased pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes or just until set. Frost with powdered sugar frosting.

Patricia Schwan, Michigan, ND