Cream 1/2 C shortening in standing mixer. Add 1 C sugar gradually and mix.
Add 1 egg and 1/4 C molasses and beat until smooth.
In separate bowl, sift together:
2 C flour
2 tea baking powder
3/4 tea salt
1 tea cinnamon
1/2 tea cloves
1/2 tea nutmeg
Stir dry ingredients into wet mixture. Chill dough in refrigerator.
Roll out cookie dough and cut with cookie cuters.
Bake at 375 F for about 10 minutes.
While cookies are baking, make an icing of powdered sugar, water, and food coloring. Ice cooled cookies.