Loie Haggen of Bellingham says this recipe came from her children's great-grandmother.
3/4 cup shortening
21/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar plus sugar for rolling
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ginger
Drop dough in teaspoon-sized balls and roll in sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 13 minutes.