1Mix first 5 cookie dough ingredients in mixer until well combined.
2Add next 5 cookie dough ingredients and mix well.
3Add flour and mix well, scraping sides and bottom of bowl at least twice. Add chopped dates/nuts if desired.
4Drop by rounded tablespoonful or medium sized cookie scoop. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes on greased cookie sheets. Cool on wire racks. Makes 8-9 dozen using a medium sized cookie scoop.
Melt and mix together, butter, brown sugar, and milk. When mixture comes to a boil, time for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and let cool slightly.
6When cookies are cooled, and frosting is still warm but starting to get firmer, drizzle or spread over cookies!
(Frosting may run off edges of cookies, but it's ok! Just make sure there's enough on top of the cookies too)