Monday, December 21, 2015


Hermits filled with Raisins!
Are you looking for a homemade cookie to share during this Christmas season that is baked in one cookie pan???  A cookie that is easy to prepare & is ever so yummy???  Think raisins, molasses, ginger & cloves.  It's ingredients say Christmas!!!  Ah, Hermits!  At this time of year we see the commercially packaged brands sold in grocery stores.  Oh, forget purchasing a package!  Bake your own Hermits that are filled with Raisins!

Use your electric mixer, because the dough is stiff.  After making the dough, add the Raisins into the batter using a large spoon.  Then divide the dough into thirds.  Make a large log from each third of dough.  Place the logs in a cookie pan- one in the middle & the other 2 on each side.  Then, flatten each log.  Top each log of dough with the beaten reserved Egg Yolk.  The Egg Yolk gives the Hermits the glossy topping after baking. 

Top flattened logs with Egg wash before baking.
After baking cool for about 15 minutes.  Then, cut each log into slices on a diagonal.  I toss the end pieces, because they can become crispy after cooling. 

After cooled, cut in slices on a diagonal.
Store in an airtight container.  Quite often I place 4 Hermits in a freezer bag to defrost & enjoy in January.  It's quite the treat finding them on a cold snowy day!

  Oven:  375°F     Time:  23- 25 Minutes

3/4 Cup solid Crisco Shortening
1 and 1/2 Cups Sugar
1/4 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
1/2 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 1/4 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 logs of dough on cookie pan, flatten.  Leave 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. 
Hermits are just the best!  They are another fave family cookie!  Bake a batch this week to share with your family & friends.  They are just so good & taste oh so much better than the commercially packages brands.



~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That reminds me of a cookie we had when I was a kid. We got them at a bakery to take when we took trips. Merry Christmas sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

JG said...

Lavender Dreamer- Right now my home has the aroma of a bakery! A batch of Hermits are in my oven. :) Merry Christmas!