This recipe dates back to colonial New England.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and allspice. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, cream the sugar and butter until light yellow and fluffy. Add the molasses, egg whites, and egg; beat well.

  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until flour disappears. Fold in raisins and nuts.

  • Drop by tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes. Lightly sift confectioners' sugar over if you like.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 26.6g 9% DV; fat 7g 11% DV; cholesterol 23.9mg 8% DV; sodium 120.5mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2005
Terrific recipe! I grew up in Massachusetts and these are exactly how I remember them from my childhood! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2007
I made this because one of the reviewers was from massachusetts and said it was just how she remembered them. I'm from massachusetts lived in 2 different towns 2 cities and these are not how I remembered them at all. These were not as flavorful/spice-filled as I remembered also the the texture was off and hermits were bars not cookies. These were ok but they weren't hermits to me. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2007
I made this because one of the reviewers was from massachusetts and said it was just how she remembered them. I'm from massachusetts lived in 2 different towns 2 cities and these are not how I remembered them at all. These were not as flavorful/spice-filled as I remembered also the the texture was off and hermits were bars not cookies. These were ok but they weren't hermits to me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2005
Terrific recipe! I grew up in Massachusetts and these are exactly how I remember them from my childhood! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2002
Thanks Dawn. Just baked the cookies and they are just what I was looking for as part of a gift for my son-in-law. I had a recipe for Hermits years ago but was unable to find it. I am very pleased with the results that I got with these cookies. Claudine B. - TX Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2002
I made these for a school project. I thought these were really good but I had to cook them for a minute or two longer than the recipe said or else they were undercooked. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2005
These were pretty good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2011
just baked these cookies and they came out pretty good. The only thing I would change if I made them again i the amount of raisins. There just didnt seem to be enough but other than that they were very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2017
The first time I ever heard of Hermit Cookies was in Grade 7 Home Economics. Everyone loved them especially my mom. I didn't change a thing in this recipe - these cookies turned out perfect just as old-fashioned and wholesome tasting as I remember. Thank you Dawn for posting this recipe and sending me down memory lane in a delicious way! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2020
This may be the best batch of Hermit cookies I have ever made and I have made several different recipes. I did change a couple of things. I didn t have allspice so I used 2tsp of apple pie spice instead of the listed spices and I added a handful of chopped dates and a hand full of sweetened coconut Just because I had them on hand. Read More