Friday, September 18, 2009
Fall Baking: Soft Spicy Hermits
The approach of the fall season really makes me feel like baking! Baking anything at all, but especially things with molasses, spice, apples, brown sugar, pumpkin, toffee, milk chocolate, and things like that.
When I was growing up my mother often baked a favorite bar cookie called Soft Spicy Hermits. They were good, but not my favorite because they tended to be rather dry. Some months ago (maybe it's been a year or two, I can't remember), a good friend made Hermits for a church potluck. She was kind enough to share her recipe with me. This week I was thinking about Hermits and thinking that they would be a good cookie to put in lunch boxes. I tweaked my friend's recipe somewhat and the Hermits came out so well. They are much more soft and chewy than the ones my mother used to make. Here's the recipe:
SOFT SPICY HERMITS
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
Whisk together the eggs, oil, molasses and sugar in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, baking soda and spices. Mix in the raisins and dates. Spread the dough in a greased 13x9 baking pan.
Bake in a preheated 350º oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cut into squares while still warm. I cut about 30 squares, I think.
Hope you enjoy these Hermits if you try the recipe!