2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup molasses
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Cream together first 6 ingredients. Add egg and mix. Add molasses and mix again.
Mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl. Sift. Add to the creamed mixture and stir until well blended. Chill 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll out dough 1/4 at a time to 1/8" thickness or slightly thicker on a lightly floured board. Cut with a cookie cutter and transfer to a greased (or non stick) cookie sheet.
Repeat with remaining dough. Before baking, decorate with raisins as you like.
Place in oven for 8 - 10 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack
Decorate with icing, M&M's, chocolate chips or any other items you wish.