Preheat over to 375 F
Combine the sugars and Crisco in a large bowl. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Add molasses, salt, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix. Add flour one cup at a time and stir until well incorporated. The dough is very stiff so don't over mix hoping to soften it up.
Roll out dough to nearly 1/8" inch thick on a piece of parchment paper, take your templates and cut them out in the dough, transfer pieces to your well-greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the pieces are no longer soft in the center. It's better for them to be a little burnt rather than not fully cooked. Repeat this process until all your pieces are baked.
Wait at least 30 minutes for the pieces to cool completely on a drying rack before decorating.