If you're using raisins, put them in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil and cook for five minutes, then drain.
In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixer, combine sugar, Parkay, and egg. Beat until smooth. Add pumpkin, then slowly add the flour/baking powder/baking soda/cinnamon/salt mixture. Add vanilla. Add cooked raisins OR dates. Add nuts. Mix until smooth.
Drop teaspoonsful on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Sprinkle with nuts and use the following recipe for icing after cooling: