This is one of those dear old pioneer recipes where a pinch of this or that and "flour" was part of the recipe.
2 C shortening
2 C sugar
2 C molasses
1½ C hot water
11 or 12 C flour, ½ whole wheat, fine ground
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
4 tsp soda
Combine shortening, sugar, eggs, molasses and hot water (use hot water to rinse molasses out of cup). Fill sifter with flour and add spices, soda and salt. Sift into bowl. Add more flour gradually until batter is thick. Roll out on floured board and cut with cookie cutter. Bake at 350° 10-15 minutes on greased cookie sheet.
This also makes a good drop cookie by not using as much flour. These are good plain or with an icing.