Sunday, February 15, 2009


I bought some Newman's Own Hermits (cookies) last week, and they were SO good, I thought I'd look up a recipe and try making them on my own. I haven't done it yet, just got around to looking up the recipe, but I WILL try...and share my thoughts on them!

I copied off three recipes...


1/3 cup raisins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg white or 2 tablespoons egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Place raisins in a bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Combine the molasses, butter, egg white and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and raisins. Divide batter in half; shape each half into a 12-in. x 2-in. rectangle 2 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and edges are set. Transfer to a cutting board; cut with a serrated knife into 1-1/2-in. rectangles. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.


Another hermits
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup brewed coffee, cold or milk
1 1/4 cups dark raisins
3 ounces (about 2/3 cup) coarsely chopped walnut pieces
3 or 4 cookie sheets or jelly roll pans, covered with parchment or foil
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices; stir well to mix. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and brown sugar until combined. Beat in the egg until the mixture is smooth. Lower the speed and beat in half the flour mixture, then all the cold coffee. Scrape the bowl and beaters well, then beat in the remaining flour mixture. Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough for 1 hour.
About 20 minutes before you are ready to bake the cookies, set the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Drop teaspoonfuls of the dough 2 or 3 inches apart onto the prepared pans. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they spread and become firm. Slide the papers off the pans onto racks. After the cookies have cooled, detach them from the paper and store them between sheets of parchment or waxed paper in a tin or plastic container with a tight-fitting cover.


One more hermits
3/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups raisins
1 cup chopped pecans
Directions 1. Beat butter or margarine in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, and nutmeg; beat until combined. Beat in egg and coffee. Beat in as much of the flour a you can. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Stir in raisins and chopped pecans.
2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Makes about 48.

The last two are more similar than either are to #1.......I can't wait to try! Too bad it's almost 1 am!

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