1 cup chopped Earthbound Farm Organic Dates
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour (plus 2 tablespoons)
4 teaspoons baking power
3/4 cup water
1 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup brandy (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup Whipped cream (as garnish)