Inexpensive and heavenly cookie. Originally given to me in a holiday cookie assortment gifted by my neighbor Linda, who has been making them for years. Linda also said that making half the recipe produced good results.
Beat shortening in a large mixing bowl on medium to high for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat till well combined
Beat in molasses, eggs, and milk till all is combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with wooden spoon (mine all mixed in just fine) stir in raisins and nuts.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 oven about 8 minutes or till bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks makes about 90 cookies.