Sift together the first five ingredients. In a mixing bowl cream together with your electric mixer the shortening and brown sugar,then add eggs one at a time, cream somemore then add molasses. while that is creaming altogether add flour mixture slowly in to creamed mixture. Mix it alltogether well. Cover bowl with foil and chill for 1 1/2 hours. preheat oven 350, put 1/2 cup white sugar in small bowl. Roll dough into one inch balls roll in sugar, bake on greased cookie sheet. 10 min. or until nicely brownd on bottom. Put on cooling racks after they sat on cookie sheet for 5 min. or so, put on racks then put your favorite jelly in the center.