SIFT AND SET ASIDE:
6 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground cinnamon
MIX THE FOLLOWING UNTIL SMOOTH, THEN ADD THE ABOVE:
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly, 1 cup molasses, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract
Divide into 3 pieces, 1.5 inches thick, wrap and refrigerate 3 hours. Heat oven 350 degrees. Lightly flour surface and roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on wire racks. Decorate when cool. ENJOY!