Hermit cookies are soft as cake yet still munchy crunchy delicious and the perfect recipe addition to holiday baking. These spicy drops of fruit and nut are an old time recipe that creates an absolutely scrumptious treat.
Hermits are a raisin nut cookie which is more like a cake than a cookie. Plumped up with all the taste and goodness that home baking can put into them, and with the delightful aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon floating from them, they are a sweet dessert treat which is difficult to resist.
This delicious dessert treat is spicy and sweet, so when it comes to the holidays and home baked treats, Hermit cookies are ideal.
So How Did Hermit Cookies Get Their Name?
Although hermit cookie history is a little hazy there are a number of theories as to how these spice rich cookies may have earned their distinctive name.
They are a very old recipe and references to these spicy nuggets date back as far as the 12th century. Having been baked in religious hermitages and being a similar brown colouring to the dark robes worn by monks, this may be the reason as to why hermit cookies acquired their distinctive name.
Another theory is that hermit cookies were not to be eaten right away but rather to be put away for a few days so that the rich spices within them would have time to permeate throughout the cookie. This period of isolation would then be the reason why these delicious drops of fruit and nut were called hermits. (Note that is is still a recommended practice to tuck this cookie away for a few days after you bake them.)
There are many theories as to the history of Hermit cookies. Another is that it could be this biscuit's ability to stay fresh for long periods of time that contributed to their naming. The hermits durability would have made them a suitable food for nomads or sailors taking long trips. An olden day traveler could tuck these biscuits into their pocket or roll cloth and have a ready food to sustain them during their travels.
Ingredients for This Drop Cookie Recipe
Step by Step Recipe Instructions
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Allow the Hermits to Cool Before Eating
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