PREHEAT oven to 425° F. Lightly grease large baking sheet.
COMBINE evaporated milk and coffee granules in small bowl; stir until coffee is dissolved. Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in coffee mixture, dates and vanilla extract until mixture forms soft dough.
KNEAD 5 to 7 times on lightly floured surface. Gently pat or roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter; place on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over tops.
BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.