I have bought Hermit Cookies at our local grocery store with varying success. Sometimes fresh and awesome, sometimes a few days old – starting to get dry, and sometimes when I have been tired after a trip I forget to check the date and end up with dust cookies.
Last fall I made a batch of Apple- Raisin Cookies from Martha Stewart – found here. These were good, but the taste also reminded me of Hermit cookies from my local Safeway. So…. I set out to transform the cookie recipe.
For 60 cookies this is the recipe that I came up with:
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 Cup Softened Unsalted Butter
2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
6 Tablespoon Milk
2 Cup Raisins
2 Cups Glace Fruit in small cubes
|Hermit Cookies – Cooling|
A couple of notes here. For Whole Wheat Flour I use White Whole Wheat Flour and for the Glace Fruit I search (high and low as it turns out) for all fruit mixture – no rutabega! When I was adding the fruit I noticed some whole cherries which I removed and cut up into smaller pieces.
In a mixer cream the butter, sugar, and spices on high until light and fluffy – up to 5 minutes here. Then scrape down the bowl.
|Hermit Cookies – Creaming Butter & Sugar|
Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then scrape down the bowl.
|Hermit Cookies – Adding the Eggs|
Mix the flours, the spices and the baking soda together.
|Hermit Cookies – Flour Mixture|
Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing well. Then add in the milk and mix again.
|Hermit Cookies – First the Flour|
|Hermit Cookies – Then Some Milk|
Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until just barely mixed.
|Hermit Cookies – Just Mixed|
Remove the bowl from the mixture and hand mix with a spatula until the flour has disappeared. Add the raisins and mix in by hand. Then add the glace fruit and mix well by hand again.
|Hermit Cookies- Adding the Raisins|
|Hermit Cookies – Adding the Mixed Fruit|
|Hermit Cookies – The Final Mix|
Drop 2 table spoons for each cookie on the pan and bake for 12-15 minutes. Mine took 14 minutes.
|Hermit Cookies – 2 Tablespoon Scoops|
|Hermit Cookies – In the Oven|
Cool well on a rack while keeping thieving hands away.
Great with cold milk!
|Hermit Cookies – Getting it all together|
|Hermit Cookies – Chopping up the bigger fruit bits|