Makes 8 dozen cookies.
- 3/4 c. butter or margarine, softened
- 1 c. creamy peanut butter
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange rind
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 c. finely chopped pitted dates
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and peanut butter; gradually add sugars, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in orange rind and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture, beating until blended. Stir in dates.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork, and bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool slightly, then transfer to wire racks.