Maple Date Cookies

1 cup Brown sugar (packed)
3/4 cup Butter (softened)
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Maple extract
1 Egg
1 1/2 cup Flour
3/4 tsp Baking powder
3/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Dates (finely chopped)
1/2 cup Chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)

In large bowl, beat together brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy, then add vanilla and maple extract and the egg; blending well. Gently spoon the flour into a measuring cup, leveling off. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and the salt; mixing well. Then stir in dates as well as nuts. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 1/2 hour to an hour for easy handling.

After the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take dough out of refrigerator and shape into 1 inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-12 minutes or until lightly golden browned.

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