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Hermits Recipe-8349

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Hermits are a spicy and fruity drop cookie, originally from New England.

Yield: Makes about 7 dozen


  • 3½ cups (875 mL) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup (125 mL) butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup (125 mL) shortening, softened
  • 2 cups (500 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup (125 mL) cold brewed coffee
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped nuts
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) raisins


  • Baking sheet, ungreased


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.

© 2008 Esther Brody

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on a serving size of 2 cookies.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

157kcal (8%)
18mg (2%)
0mg (0%)
25mcg RAE (1%)
10mg (3%)
90mg (4%)
1g (7%)
7g (10%)
1mg (5%)

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