Cream the shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and the salt, mixing well. Add the flour, water, vanilla and almonds, stirring well. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls. Place the balls on ungreased cookie sheets. Slightly flatten each cookie if desired.
Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the sheets and roll each one in the additional powdered sugar to create a coating. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.