I got this recipe from Mrs. Bauder.
Cream 3/4 c. shortening or margarine (use oil for harder cookies) with 1 c. sugar. Add 1 egg and 1/4 c. molasses. Add 2 c. flour, 1 T ground ginger, 2t baking soda, 1t cinnamon and 1/2t salt. Chill until firm. Roll into balls and roll balls in sugar. Slightly press down on to baking stone. Bake 13 minutes at 350*. Cookies will be slightly underdone. Allow to cool on pan for chewy cookies.
P.S. I stopped using shortening a while ago and haven't tried this recipe with butter. I don't imagine it would cause too many problems if you use butter.
Updated: I used butter last night and they were better than ever! I won't ever go back to the other options.