In mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and smooth. Blend in egg.
Sift together the flour, salt, soda, and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses. Stir in oats. Chill dough for 2 hours.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with floured cutters; place on ungreased cooking sheets. Bake at 275° for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool then decorate with powdered sugar frosting (use your favorite or the recipe provided), raisins, and cinnamon candies.
Makes about 2 dozen gingerbread men.
Combine all icing ingredients in small mixing bowl. Stir until smooth and well blended. Adjust for spreading consistency if necessary, adding more milk or more powdered sugar. Spread icing or drizzle on warm cookies or pound cake.