Christmas with Hermits Cookies

Hermits cookies have been around for centuries.  I went to a Holiday thing at some friends house and even though they did not ask anyone to bring anything I wanted to bring at least a small something.  I thought of several different things and finally decided that cookies should be good and decided on my Hermits recipe.

I got the big KitchenAid mixer and flailed away.  Bit tough creaming the butter and sugar as I had messed up the start time of the Holiday Thing – 2 pm not 7 pm so softening up the butter did not go the best but I just set the mixer on low and kept squishing the butter and sugar together until all was well and the other ingredients were mixed in.  Plop plop into a 9 by 13 pan, bake, cool, cut into sort of squares, taste and done.

I am not sure where I got the original recipe but I probably made a few changes to suit my tastes.  I hope you enjoy them.

1/2     cup ( 1 stick ) butter softened
2/3     cup packed brown sugar

1/4   cup molasses
1       large egg
1       teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4   cups flour + 1 Tbsp
1/2+    teaspoon baking soda
1/2      teaspoon salt ( use fine grain – Kosher won’t go through the sifter )
1/4      teaspoon ground cloves
1          teaspoon cinnamon
1/2      teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Premix wet ingredients in Pyrex cup
Premix dry ingredients in separate bowl.

Cream well the butter with the brown sugar.

Slowly add in the egg, molasses and vanilla to butter & sugar

Slowly add flour mixture.


Red # 24 Disher / Scooper ( 2” dia. 2.98 Tablespoons ) 5” spacing on cookie sheet
flatten down top with spatula ( about 5/8 inch thick )
bake 15 – 16 minutes
makes approx. 16 cookies 3 3/4 Diameter

Orchid # 40 Disher / Scooper ( 1 1/2-” Dia. 1.36 Tablespoons )
flatten down top with spatula ( about 5/8 inch thick )
bake 13 – 14 minutes
makes approx. 30 to 35 cookies 2 1/2” to 2 3/4” Diameter

Flat Pan:

Spread batter in a buttered and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan
bake 15 to 20 minutes
When cool cut into squares
I have not had good luck with the butter and flour thing – Parchment paper works much better for me
When put in a pan or Bakers Quarter Sheet the dough looks a bit thin but it rises nice when baked




I use a Disher / scooper (looks a bit like an ice-cream scoop with a bail to eject the dough from the Disher) this gives very uniform sized cookies.

I left out the 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit

If you have friends that are gluten intolerant you can find pre-mixes in the grocery store that taste quite nice.  Taking cookies that the host can actually eat goes over real well and will surprise many.


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2 Responses to Christmas with Hermits Cookies

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