1Heat oven to 425°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With pastry blender or pulling 2 table knives in opposite directions, cut in butter until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in buttermilk until dough leaves side of bowl and forms a ball. Stir in dates and ginger.
2On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by about 1/3 cupfuls about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
3Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.