Beat shortening on medium speed for about 45 seconds, until light and fluffy.
Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Beat until combined.
Add molasses, egg, & vinegar. Beat until combined.
Add 2 cups of the flour and beat until combined.
Beat in the remainder, if you can. Otherwise stir it in.
Cover and chill the dough for at least 3 hours (you can leave it overnight, too!)
----For basic cookies roll the dough into 2 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Press down gently (use the bottom of a cup covered in sugar, for a bonus!)
----For cut-outs roll the dough (about 1/2 at a time) on to a lightly floured surface until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out.
Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes or edges are slightly brown. Cool before icing or frosting.