In large mixing bowl, beat together shortening and salt. Gradually add vanilla, confectioner’s sugar and water. Beat constantly until fluffy. (Icing will be stiff.) Cover bowl with a damp cloth while using so it doesn’t dry out. Food coloring or color paste may be added to match wedding colors.
Use a decorator bag and tips to pipe desired shapes onto cookies. Use writing tips for initials and highlights. Use leaf tip for flowing wedding gowns etc.