Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Beat 2 cups sugar, shortening, and molasses together in a bowl using an electric stand mixer until uniform, making sure not to overbeat. Add eggs and mix for 30 seconds.
Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt together in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until just combined and dough is stiff.
Pour 2 tablespoons sugar in a shallow bowl. Form cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar, making sure not to flatten. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven until cookies crackle on top for ‘lace’ design, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.