Cream together shortening and sugar.
Beat in the egg, then the molasses.
Sift together flour, soda, salt and spices; stir into molasses mixture.
Gradually add hot water, beating till smooth.
Line muffin pans with paper bake cups; fill 2/3 full.
Bake in moderate oven (375°) for about 20 to 25 minutes or till done.