5 from 6 votes
Hermit Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These spicy, raisin and date filled hermit cookies are an old-fashioned favourite for a reason! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hermit cookies
Servings: 24
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1/2 cup of butter or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sour milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  1. Boil your raisins in some water to plump them up, then drain Set aside.

  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  4. Cream together the butter and the sugar. Beat in the egg completely, then add the sour milk and the vanilla. Mix until combined.
  5. Combine and whisk together the dry ingredients.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, combine completely.
  7. Stir in the raisins and dates.
  8. Drop by tablespoonful onto a cookie sheet. If you want them flatter, slightly press them down. I like mine cakey little drops.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees until browned. Remove and cool.