Buttermilk Pecan Hermits

1 cup shortening or unsalted butter
2 cups brown sugar; firmly packed
2 eggs
3½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces
2 cups raisins
1 cup chopped dates
Pecan Valley Pecan Halves

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. In a large bowl, blend together shortening or butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs.
3. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add spices.
4. Stir in buttermilk, and then add pecans, raisins and dates. Stir well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Top each cookie with a whole pecan.
5. Bake in a preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

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