In small mixing bowl mix spices and b. powder with flour. In large mixing bowl, cream shortening. Gradually add sugar, egg and molasses. Beat well. Slowly add dry ingredients a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Roll dough into small balls. Roll balls in white sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and press lightly with a fork.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake for 15-18 minutes.