When I think of hermits, I think of people you don’t see very often, not delicious cookies topped with raisins. This week’s featured Throwback Thursday recipe is the Hermit, and boy is she a cookie of mystery.
Originally thought to have been named into existence in the late 1800s, the Hermit likely existed long before that and gradually evolved into its delicious current state from a tea cake.
What are Hermit cookies? As you can imagine, when people traveled in wagons and kept recipes by memory, that depends on who you ask. Generally, it’s agreed upon that Hermit cookies are basic cookies hailing from New England with spice added and either raisins or currants as a featured ingredient. While some research insists that Hermits are square, our version of the old-fashioned cookies are button-like cookies flavored with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and lemon extract and topped with a raisin. The great news? They’re also thought to be very long-lasting, as a recipe, so if you have any leftovers, they’re sure to be tasty tomorrow.
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