Cream shortening and the sugar. Add eggs and molasses. Beat until light and fluffy.
Sift together the dry ingredients and gradually add to the shortening mixture , blend thoroughly.
Fill cookie press. Form dough on unoiled cookie sheet.
BAKE in a moderate oven 350° for 8-10 minutes. yields: 7 dozen assorted cookies.
For thumb prints cookies: Use 1 teaspoon of the molasses spice pressed cookie dough to form each ball. Roll in granulated sugar , Space balls 3" apart on lightly oiled cookie sheet , Sprinkle each ball with 1-2 drops of water. BAKE in a moderate oven 350° for 10-12 minutes.