Cream shortening. Add sugar and eggs. Sift flour, spices, baking powder, and salt together and add alternately with milk to the first mixture. The dough should be fairly soft. Roll out to about ½ inch thick. Cut with doughnut cutter. Fry in deep fat at 375 degrees F until brown, turning once (about 1-½ minutes on each side).
Roll doughnuts in coating (or shake in a bag).