1In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients and spices; add to batter and mix lightly. Stir in nuts and raisins if desired; mix well.
2Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire rack.