- Course: Dessert
- Total Time: Under 1 Hour
- Skill Level: Easy
- Cost: Moderate
- Favorited: 3 Times
Can be made ahead of time.
Hermits are a spicy and fruity drop cookie, originally from New England.
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter or margarine, shortening and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Beat in coffee. Add flour mixture and blend well. Fold in nuts and raisins.
3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (5 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes on sheet, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Always buy nuts in a store where the turnover is high, as they become rancid quickly. Wrap leftover nuts well and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Nutritional information is based on a serving size of 2 cookies.