Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?! Ummmm… me. Again…All the way from 1800s New England, this classic hermit cookie recipe is an old fashioned favorite of mine. These soft and chewy cookies are full of warm spices that will make you feel like you’re a little kid sat in Grandma’s kitchen! And what makes them taste even better is how little effort it takes to bake them.
How To Make Classic Hermit Cookies
- Boil your raisins in some water to plump them up. Then drain them and set them aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
- Cream together the butter and the sugar. Beat in the egg completely, then add the sour milk and the vanilla. Mix until combined.
- Combine and whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, combine completely.
- Stir in the raisins and dates.
- Drop by tablespoon onto a cookie sheet. If you want them flatter, slightly press them down. I like mine cakey.
- Bake at 350 degrees until browned. Remove and cool.
These Cookies Last FOREVER
A lot of people say that these cookies actually improve with age (like the rest of us, right?!). These mouthwatering munchies will last for weeks if you can resist eating them all at once! In fact, in the olden days they were given to sailors on clipper ships when they were sent on their voyages. The sailors would stow their cookie tins away like “hermits” on their travels and a lot of people think that’s where the name came from!
And They Have Their Own Special Holiday
National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day is a very real event. Every year on November 15th, cookie fans all over the world celebrate this old fashioned wonder. I don’t know about you, but in my book that’s basically a license to eat hermit cookies all day long! Then again, who needs an excuse?!
A Guaranteed Hit With Everyone In Your Family
These classic hermit cookies will appeal to everyone in your household, young and old! They’re perfect with a cup of tea in the evening or a with a glass of milk at lunch. Personally, I love having a few with a delicious warm mug of hot chocolate! Don’t forget that you can change up the ingredients by adjusting the spices, so you can go easy on the cinnamon or add more on it depending on your preference. Don’t forget to have your cookie jar ready too!
More Easy Dessert Recipes For You To Try
Chocolate Banana Bread: a guilt-free chocolate treat! Why? Because there are bananas in it, silly!
Lighter Lemon Blackberry Muffins: these tasty muffins are bursting with flavour!
Australian Lumberjack Cake: after baking 6 of these cakes this year, I’m koalafied to say this is the best secret cake recipe around!
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These spicy, raisin and date filled hermit cookies are an old-fashioned favourite for a reason!
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 10 minutes
- Total Time
- 20 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1/2 cup of butter or margarine
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sour milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped dates
Boil your raisins in some water to plump them up, then drain Set aside.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
Cream together the butter and the sugar. Beat in the egg completely, then add the sour milk and the vanilla. Mix until combined.
Combine and whisk together the dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, combine completely.
Stir in the raisins and dates.
Drop by tablespoonful onto a cookie sheet. If you want them flatter, slightly press them down. I like mine cakey little drops.
Bake at 350 degrees until browned. Remove and cool.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.