Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the shortening and sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed.
Beat in the egg and molasses and mix again.
In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in batches. Mix between each batch.
Shape dough into golf-ball size spheres and press lightly into 2 Tbsp of sugar.
Place balls onto a greased cookie sheet sugar side up 2 inches apart.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove onto cooling racks.