Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine together shortening, sugar, egg, molasses. Add water, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, salt, baking soda.
Add flour and mix until evenly combined.
Roll into 2 inch balls between the palms of your hands and place 3 inches apart on baking sheet.
Bake for 9-11 minutes, until done and soft.
Cool completely before icing.