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Hermits I

Rated as 4.37 out of 5 Stars

"These can be made into either drop cookies or bar cookies."
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servings 121
Original recipe yields 48 servings (4 dozen)


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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl cream together butter, sugar and spices. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until well blended. Stir in molasses and raisins.
  3. To make bar cookies: Spread mixture on cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Cut into bars while warm and let cool on wire rack.
  4. To make drop cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drop batter about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 121 calories; 5.1 17.9 1.6 22 84 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Made these for a cookie exchange and Christmas gifts last year, this year everyone asked me to make them again. Old fashioned and favorful.

Most helpful critical review

added dried cranberries - omitted the nuts and didn't ice.

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Made these for a cookie exchange and Christmas gifts last year, this year everyone asked me to make them again. Old fashioned and favorful.

I made bars and a few cookies. I substituted 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 cup of butter. Tasted delicious.

I just made these for the first time, and I will be making them frequently...excellent recipe, my husband has been eating them all morning. I substituted nutmeg as I was out of ground cloves, th...

this is fantastic! Because I have small children I simply substitute walnut paste for the nuts, and I run the raisins thru my food processor before making. The best recipe I've found for hermits...

This is a remarkable cookie! My grandmother used to bake these cookies and I remember fighting with my grandfather for the last one! My grandparents have since passed and I could not find the re...

These are great tasting. I had to bake it a bit longer than what the recipe called for. I have never made hermits before, but always enjoyed them from a grocery store that went out of business q...

Fabulous! I made these with granulated fructose for my Dad who's diabetic. Hermits were one of his favorites when I was young and he LOVED them! Very moist & tasty. One of my children liked ...

Just what I was looking for! Made the bar version and it filled my huge cookie sheet. Only change I made was substituting 1/2 c brown sugar for a 1/2 c of sugar. Omitted walnits. Smelled gre...

I have always loved hermits, plus they are so easy to make. I had never put in molasses before, but they were deeelish! I did have a little trouble tasting the raisins and nuts as the molasses...