DATE FILLING: add dates, sugar, and water. Cook until thick may add nuts when cool. Cool mixture.
Mix shortening, brown sugar, eggs. Stir in water and vanilla. Sift together and stir in flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Drop with teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheets. Place 1/2 tsp. filling on dough cover with 1/2 tsp. dough. Bake 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.