Preheat oven to
375°. Grease two cookie sheets with vegetable shortening, because butter
burns easily and will make the cookies dark. Measure the flour and sift
into a roomy bowl. Slice the dates and toss them in 2 TB. of the flour
and set them aside. Add the salt, baking soda, and PUMPKIN PIE SPICE to
the remaining flour and sift again. In a separate bowl, cream the butter
and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and the PURE VANILLA EXTRACT to the
sugar mixture and blend until thoroughly mixed. Next, add the flour mixture,
alternating with the buttermilk and blending thoroughly after each addition.
Mix the dates and pecans into the dough by hand. Drop by rounded teaspoonsful
onto the greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should
be soft and not too brown.
Yield: 4-5 dozen.
Prep. time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 10 minutes