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
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.
From the January 1970 issue.