Hermits with Wine


Mom won five dollars for this recipe in 1933 which bought us groceries. Everyone who partakes asks for recipe. We learned of their keeping value only when she sent them to troops in Korea. Before that none of the cookies had lasted long enough for us to know if they kept well! Store separated by wax paper. Substitute dates for the raisins if desired.

3 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • cup white wine

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 2 cups white wine


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Place the raisins or chopped dates in a bowl and cover with white wine. Set aside to soak.

  3. Cream the shortening with the brown and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and lemon and or vanilla extracts.

  4. Stir the flour, cinnamon and salt together.

  5. Dissolve the baking soda in 1/3 cup of the wine and beat it into the shortening mixture. Stir in the flour. Drain the soaked raisins and stir them and the walnuts into the dough.

  6. Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
17g Fat
39g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 160mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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