My friend Ginny, who now has this incredible view in her backyard,
has been baking this hermit recipe for many years. It's the perfect bar cookie for fall, with the molasses and spice flavors. Ginny wrote out the recipe for me some time ago:
In case the scan isn't so easy to read, I'll type it out here too.
HERMIT COOKIE RECIPE
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup sugar (Ginny's recipe says 1 1/2 cups, but I found 1 cup to be more than enough)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon each of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg (measure generously)
1 cup raisins if desired (may also use half raisins and half chopped dates)
Mix together eggs, oil, molasses, and sugar in a medium bowl. Sift together flour, baking soda, and spices. Stir in along with the raisins if you are using them. Spread in a 14x10-inch pan and bake 20 minutes at 350º, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cut into squares while still warm.
When I baked these, I used a 9x13-inch pan and baked the hermits for 25 minutes. It worked perfectly.
Of course, since my pan was smaller, my hermits turned out thicker. Ginny's hermits are fairly thin and quite chewy. Mine were thicker and more cake-like, but still very good. I don't own a 14x10 pan and in fact, couldn't fit another pan into the cabinet if I wanted to, so used the 13x9 and found that it worked admirably.
I hope that you and your family will enjoy these deliciously old-fashioned bars if you try the recipe!