||Preheat oven to 325°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat butter, 1 cup sugar, and brown sugar at medium speed until combined. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pecans and dates.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets. Sprinkle cookies with remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool cookies on pan for about 2 minutes. Then, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.