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mom's hermits

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
star pooley
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
(4 ratings)
yield 3 dozen
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mom's hermits

  • 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 mom's hermits

  • Crisco, white sugar and light brown sugar creamed together.
    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.
  • Whisking together dry ingredients.
    In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. 
  • Dry and wet ingredients mixed together.
    Add dry mixture to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Mixing together molasses and coffee.
    Mix in coffee and molasses.
  • Stirring in raisins and nuts.
    Stir in raisins and nuts.
  • Scooping dough onto a cookie sheet.
    Use a small ice cream scoop to make cookies or drop by tablespoons on greased cookie sheet.
  • Brushing dough with an egg wash.
    Mix 1 egg white with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush top of cookies with eggwash.
  • Cookies baking in the oven.
    Bake for 10-15 minutes.