Stuffed Date Drops

1 pound (about 70) pitted dates
1 3-ounce package pecan or walnut halves
¼ cup shortening
¾ cup medium-brown sugar
1 egg
1¼ cups sifted enriched flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup sour cream
1 recipe Golden Frosting

Stuff dates with nut halves. Cream shortening, sugar till light; beat in egg. Sift dry ingredients; add alternately with sour cream to creamed mixture. Stir in dates; drop onto greased cookie sheet (a date per cookie). Bake in hot oven (400° ) 8 to 10 minutes. Place on rack to cool, Top with Golden Frosting: Lightly brown ½ cup butter or margarine; remove from heat; gradually beat in 3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, ¾ teaspoon vanilla. Slowly add water till of spreading consistency, about 3 tablespoons. Makes 5½ dozen cookies.

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