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 back for 10 - 12 minutes.
Yields about 3 - 4 dozen.