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Orange-Date Peanut Butter Cookies

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.

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