Not That Kind of Hermit ;-)

You may remember that I like to collect those little “fundraiser” cookbooks that are published by church groups and other charitable organizations.

It’s fun to help the various charities, but in addition, I love the fact that the recipes are usually the tried and true favorites of the ladies who submitted them. It’s nice to imagine that these meals have been served and enjoyed by families and friends over many, many years.

Sometimes it’s quite interesting to read the detailed instructions that are included in a particular recipe. If you read between the lines, you can just tell that the “cook” truly wants you to have the same luck that she does when you make her special dish.

Alas kids! Summer’s coming and soon the days we feel like standing near a hot stove to bake will be few and far between! In the meantime, though, I have a recipe from a 1980’s cookbook. It’s for “hermits” and if you like spices and raisins – I think you’d enjoy them.

The directions make me smile. The author is very conscientious in her wording, as you’ll see. 😉


3/4 c. butter
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten in a cup with fork
1/4 c. molasses
2 Tbs. water
3 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. raisins

Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs minus 1 tablespoon.
Add water and molasses; mix well.
Sift flour, soda, and spices together
Then add to the mixture and stir well.
Mix raisins throughout the batter.
Lay out dough on 2 greased jellyroll pans used lengthwise, each pan having 2 strips of dough, 3 inches wide. Brush dough with remaining beaten egg.
Bake at 350º for exactly 20 minutes.
Cut each strip for exactly 6 Hermits while still warm.
Transfer to rack.
Before entirely cool, place Hermits in a tight, wax paper-lined tin to ensure chewy quality.
Makes 2 dozen.


Hugs and sweet spices!



Not That Kind of Hermit ;-) — 11 Comments

  1. Oh yum, these sound delicious. Some of my favorite cookies are actually from that time frame, passed down in the family for years now. Thanks for finding and sharing this one.

  2. Good Morning!!

    I remember making these years ago. So easy and so so good! I’m a Cookie Monster for sure, especially when they are homemade!

    Thanks for the recipe!
    xx, Carol

  3. Hi Jane,
    The cookbook, itself, was printed in the 1980’s – but of course the recipe may have already been passed down through many generations by the time it was submitted. I think that’s often the case with these cookbooks. The ladies are asked to give a “family favorite” recipe and so they pull out one of the family heirlooms!



  4. There’s a Ukrainian Canadian cookbook, I forget the name and the books are still in boxes incase we get foreclosed :/ it’s really fabulous… ugh what’s it called… my Baba isn’t home to ask, either! Anyway, it’s a great cookbook LOL

    OK I found it on Google! Ukrainian Daughters’ Cookbook

    The recipes work as listed and taste fabulous. As a lazy Ukrainian I find it indispensable 🙂 (except for now, obviously, as it’s in a BOX ugh)

  5. I have quite a few old recipes in my posession. They are tried and true. I make homemade mac and cheese, the recipe has been used so long no-one in the family remembers where the original came from. It was my great grandma’s.

  6. I could do without the raisins, but these cookies sound very good!
    I have lots of old recipes from one of my aunts and my mom…..
    Thanks, Cindi

  7. Yum…all the recipes you choose are good ones! I see what you mean about the author’s special way of writing the recipe…I love that! Most of my favorite recipes are from long ago…when it was okay to eat globs of butter! (I still only use butter, but not globs…at least not globs very often!) hee hee hee! Thank you, Crystal! xoxo

  8. I have a few of these recipe books.
    I like to look through them every now
    and then.
    Thanks for the cookie recipe.

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