Old-Fashioned, Spicy Hermit Bars

Old fashioned hermit cookie recipe

Any seasoned cook will agree that vintage recipes are the best recipes!  Here’s one for good, chewy, soft, old-fashioned hermit bars.  They are a treat for kids ages 1-95.   Here’s a quick and easy recipe for the perfect bar, just like your mom used to make.



These are extra good on a cold winter day!  Eat them with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Fabulous!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg–large (NOT jumbo!)
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cup unbleached, white flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • OPTIONAL:  1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Step One:  Mix first 4 ingredients until well blended.  I like to use the flat end of my silicone spatula to cream the ingredients together.

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It’ll look like this:

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Step 2:  Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

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It will be thick.

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and after a minute or two, it will make a ball.

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Divide the ball and make into 3 sausage shaped strips.  Place on UNgreased but well seasoned baking sheet.

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Flatten the strips like this:

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Bake in 375 degree oven until little cracks appear. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT OVERCOOK!  They won’t look quite done, but there will be little cracks all over them.

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Cut into strips and enjoy!  They will have the consistency of very moist brownies and be soft.  See the one in the photo that has dark edges?  That’s because this batch is overcooked.  Don’t do that. 🙂

They are great warm or cooled.  Especially tasty paired with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy!!

 

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Old Fashioned Spiced Hermits

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • - 3/4 cup butter softened
  • - 1 cup sugar
  • - 1 egg--large NOT jumbo!
  • - 1/4 cup Molasses
  • - 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • - 2 1/4 cup unbleached white flour
  • - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • - 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • - 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • - OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Mix first 4 ingredients until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  It will be thick and form a ball. Divide the ball and make into 3 sausage shaped strips. Place on UNgreased but well seasoned baking sheet. Flatten each strip to 1/4 inch thick or so. Bake in 375 degree oven until little cracks appear. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT OVERCOOK!  They won't look quite done, but there will be little cracks all over them. Cut into strips and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Cook time varies greatly by how big the pieces are, oven, etc. You really just have to watch for those little cracks.

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