Cream shortening and sugar. Blend in molasses, water, flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Cover and chill for 2–3 hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured board. Cut with desired cookie cutters. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10–12 minutes. Immediately remove from baking sheet; cool. Frost with desired frosting. Makes approx. three dozen 2-inch cookies.