Hermits Recipe
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Hermits Recipe

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Dress up a cookie plate with these old-fashioned spice bars full of raisins, molasses, cinnamon, ginger and nuts. Jeri Tirmenstein in Apache Junction, Arizona says the chewy treats are great with coffee or hot cocoa on frosty days. These cookies are said to be called "hermits" because they keep well--they're even better when hidden away like a hermit for several days!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg white or 2 tablespoons egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 105 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 79 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Place raisins in a small bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Combine the molasses, butter, egg white and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and raisins.
  3. Divide batter in half; shape each half into a 12-in. x 2-in. rectangle 2 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and edges are set.
  4. Transfer to a cutting board; cut with a serrated knife into 1-1/2-in. rectangles. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 16 cookies.
Originally published as Hermits in Cooking for 2 Winter 2008, p21

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 105 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 79 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"I baked this for a Xmas party. I added colorful sugar free candies. Saran wrap and a big red bow turned a batch into a present."

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2009

"I just made these today and they are fantastic! Easy to make, tastes like a ginger bread cookie with raisins and nuts. Great texture, soft and chewy. These will satisfy a sweet tooth without going over board!"

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