Old-Fashioned Date Drop Cookies

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350º. Grease cookie sheet. Beat brown sugar, butter, orange peel, vanilla and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Stir in dates and pecans. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2″ apart onto cookie sheet. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

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