Chewy, moist and spicy. What a Hermit should be. Carl from Covered Bridge Cookies, over in Windsor, VT, has nailed this recipe. It's moist and chewy on the inside, a little crusty on the outside, with plenty of spice, molasses and raisins to accompany a nice cup of tea or coffee. It's a marriage made in heaven. This cookie screams fall and winter and even looks the part. . .its color is a gorgeous coffee brown and its outer crust is bumpy and irregular. It's not summer sexy by any means.
But the "Plain-Jane" exterior fits a Hermit's personality just fine. They are thought to be some of the oldest cookies around (literally) and New Englanders are especially fond of them; it's thought that the recipe came over from England with the Puritans, who of course, settled in New England. You'll find eating a Hermit or two really does take you back to a different era when the day ran a bit slower and things just were not so complicated. Great for a plain dessert or snack but throw some vanilla ice cream on top for an extra treat.
Ingredients: White flour, malted barley flour, sugar, molasses, raisins, eggs, butter, ground spices, salt, baking soda. Produced in a facility that handles peanut products.
Maple Shortbread: Wheat flour, malted bakery flour, sugar, butter, natural maple flavor. Produced in a facility that handles peanut products.
Ginger Snaps: Wheat flour, malted bakery flour, sugar, butter, eggs, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, clove, white pepper, salt, baking soda. Produced in a facility that handles peanut products.