Stuff dates with nut halves, set aside.
Cream shortening and sugar until light and beat in egg. Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt and add alternately with sour cream to creamed mixture. Stir in dates and drop onto greased cookie sheet (only one date per cookie). Bake at 400^ for 8-10 minutes. Cool and top with Golden Frosting.
Lightly brown butter or margarine in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and gradually beat in powdered sugar, corn syrup and vanilla. Slowly add milk or water until frosting is of spreading consistency.