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Hermits

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

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

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.

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Meallunch, snack

Taste and Texturechewy, nutty, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishcookie, dessert

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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