Frosted Pumpkin Date Walnut Cookies

(Florence Richards, Titusville, Pennsylvania)

1/2 cup Crisco all-vegetable shortening
1 cup white granulated sugar
15-oz. can pumpkin
2 cups white all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dates, diced
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Mix together Crisco, sugar, and pumpkin in a large bowl. Then add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Stir in dates and walnuts.  Drop by heaping teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees 12 to 15 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Frosting:
2 1/2 tablespoons soft butter
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix frosting ingredients together until smooth, adding additional cream or milk to make of spreading consistency. Makes enough frosting to frosten 3 dozen cookies.  Frosten cookies when cool.