3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Heat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening and granulated sugar until creamy. Add egg, water and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Add 1 cup of any one or a combination of any of the following ingredients to basic cookie dough: raisins, chopped nuts, chocolate chips or shredded coconut.