Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Hermits

Cloves!  Ginger!  Cinnamon and Molasses!  What a great combination in a dessert recipe.  The wonderful aroma in my kitchen was followed by tasting these ingredients... plus Raisins in a Hermit!  Oh Yum!  This is a great tasting cookie!

If you are searching for an easy to bake cookie recipe to share during the upcoming holidays, this is the recipe for you!  Hermits are a long time family fave.

This cookie is baked in a large cookie pan.  The stiff dough is separated into thirds.  Make a roll (log) with each third of the dough before placing in the cookie pan.  Flatten the roll - making sure the flattened rolls do not connect in the pan.  Then top each roll with the beaten reserved Egg Yolk.  This gives the Hermits the glossy topping after baking.

Before placing in oven.
 After baking, cool 15 minutes before cutting into slices on the diagonal.  The ends are usually very crispy, so I do not save them.

Ready for the taste test!
This is a delicious cookie to share with family & friends at Christmas!  However, no need to wait until this time of year.  Bake a batch to enjoy and to share any time.  They are soooo gooood!  

Hermits       printable Recipe Card
     Oven: 375°F     23- 25 Minutes

¾ cup solid Crisco Shortening
1 and ½ Cups Sugar
¼ Cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Water
2 Eggs – (Reserve about 1 teaspoon for coating)
1 Cup Raisins
3 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ginger
½ teaspoon Ground Cloves 

  1. Using mixer, beat Shortening, Sugar, Molasses & Water. Beat until creamy.
  2. Reserve about 1 teaspoon of Egg with a little Yolk. Add Eggs & beat.
  3. Now add Baking Soda, Spices & Flour. Flour is added ¼ cup at a time and mixed into batter,  Otherwise you will be peering through a white mist. :)
  4. Fold in Raisins using big spoon or spatula.
  5. Spray PAM on a large cookie pan.
  6. Divide dough into three pieces. Make three rows of dough on
    cookie pan, leaving about 1½ ” border on each end. Dough is very sticky.
  7. Coat top with reserved Egg – use back of teaspoon to spread.
  8. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 23- 25 minutes (25 minutes in my gas oven).
  9. Cool 15 minutes & cut into diagonals. I throw away end pieces- too hard after cooled.
  10. Remove from cookie pan and store in a container after cooled.
This cookie containing Ground Cloves, Ginger & Cinnamon is delicious!  The Christmas baking has started!


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