Combine brown sugar & shortening in a bowl, beat with a mixer at medium speed until light & fluffy.
Add molasses & egg, beat well. Lightly spoon flour into dry ingredients (through the salt), stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed just until blended. Cover & freeze 1 hour.
2. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
3. Place water in a small bowl.
Place granulated sugar in another bowl.
Lightly coat hands with cooking spray.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
Dip one side of each ball in water; dip wet side in sugar.
Place balls, sugar side up, 1 inch apart, on baking sheet(s) coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 375F, for 8 minutes.
Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.