1 cup sugar (I use brown sugar)
2 cup molasses
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup shortening
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp baking soda
flour enough for soft dough (approx. 6 cups) (I use half white flour and half whole wheat)
Cream together the sugar and molasses. Add the rest of the ingredients except flour. Mix well. Add flour one cup at a time to desired consistency. Refrigerate for 4+ hours. Roll out and cut out into favorite shapes.
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. These freeze well.