Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream shortening and sugar together. Add molasses and egg. Beat well. Add all of the dry ingredients and mix dough thoroughly. Wrap your dough in a plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Shape gingerbread men on a cookie sheet as you would modeling clay. Roll a small size ball for the head and a rounded rectangle for the body. Roll "logs" for the legs and arms. Make sure all body parts are touching each other and that the body and head are somewhat flattened.
Use raisins, red hots, sprinkles or any other kind of cookie decoration to decorate your gingerbread man.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
You may add some frosting embellishments if you desire after they are cool, but they aren't necessary. They are just as cute as is!