Beat shortening and add sugar. Beat until smooth. Add eggs and blend in molasses. Add flour, soda, salt and spices. Mix in raisins. Turn dough out onto a sheet of foil. Wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease cookie sheets. Shape dough into balls and roll in sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes until cracked on top. Cool 2 mins before removing to rack.
This recipe makes A LOT of cookies so if you aren’t feeding an army you may want to cut the recipe in half. I, of course, was feeding an army of kids so I made it as is.ENJOY!!