In a mixing bown, beat shortening with an electric mixer, on medium to high speed.
Add sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat till combined, scraping bowl.
Beat in molasses, egg and vinegar till combined.
Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour.
Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 3 hours or till easy to handle.
Grease a cookie sheet; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the doug at a t time to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on a prepared cookie sheet.
Bake in a 375 F oven for 5-6, minutes or till edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, decorate cookies with icing and candy.