Mom's Hermits

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By star pooley
from Bullhead City, AZ

This is my mom's recipe. She is known in her church for making these for bake sales.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

With a light molasses flavor, these old-fashioned cookies are an absolute dream to eat. They have the flavor and spices of a molasses cookie, like ground ginger, cinnamon and clove, with walnuts and raisins mixed in. When baked, they're slightly crisp on the outside and chewy inside. An egg wash adds a nice sheen to the hermit cookies.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 3 dozen
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake


  • 3/4 c
    Crisco shortening
  • 3/4 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c
    light brown sugar
  • 2 lg
    eggs, beaten
  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp
    ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/4 c
    dark molasses
  • 1/8 c
    cold black coffee
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    walnuts, chopped
  • 1
    egg white
  • 1 Tbsp

How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375 F. In a medium bowl, cream together the Crisco, white sugar, and light brown sugar. Add beaten eggs and set aside.
  • 2
    In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. 
  • 3
    Add dry mixture to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 4
    Mix in coffee and molasses.
  • 5
    Stir in raisins and nuts.
  • 6
    Use a small ice cream scoop to make cookies or drop by tablespoons on greased cookie sheet.
  • 7
    Mix 1 egg white with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush top of cookies with eggwash.
  • 8
    Bake for 10-15 minutes.