This is the very first gingerbread cookie I ever tried and it is still my favorite to this day. It has a nice chewy texture straight out of the oven and gets hard when it cools. But, as soon as you bite a chunk off, it melts in your mouth! I think the orginal recipe came from Taste of Home in their Christmas cookbooklet. The dough needs to refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavors blend together, so plan ahead and don't skip this step.The recipe was for rolled cookies, but you can just as easily roll the dough into balls and push them down a little before baking. The dough does puff up quite a bit during baking, but it flattens back down as it cools. You can also substitute margarine for the shortening without changing the texture.