Christmas Molasses Cookies

2/3 cups Brown sugar (firmly packed)
2/3 cups Shortening
2 Eggs
1 1/3 cups Molasses
5 1/2 cups White flour
2 teaspoons Ground ginger
4 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1 teaspoons Salt
2 teaspoons Baking soda

Mix shortening, sugar and molasses. Stir in the all remaining ingredients, mixing until it forms a dough. Cover dough, place in refrigerator to chill for at least 60 minutes. When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 375 F degrees. Roll the dough to a 1/2 inch thickness on lightly flouredm, cloth covered surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Place 1 inch apart on lightly oiled baking sheets. Bake about 7-8 minutes or til no indentation remains when touched with your finger. Allow to cool before decorating with candies or frosting. Makes about 5 dozen.

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