I've done this recipe for over 20 years. I got it out of some magazine long lost. Thankfully I copied it down many years ago. This cookie has become my signature cookie. I started baking them for christmas gifts. I pick out 6 or so cookie cutters and decorate them with a royal icing. I've always used solid shortening never butter. I bake these ginger cookies for every holiday but friends and family look forward to my Christmas gifts.