Hermits II

This recipe dates back to colonial New England.

Original recipe makes 3 dozen


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and allspice. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, cream the sugar and butter until light yellow and fluffy. Add the molasses, egg whites, and egg; beat well.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until flour disappears. Fold in raisins and nuts.
  4. Drop by tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes. Lightly sift confectioners’ sugar over if you like.


Calories: 176 kcal
Carbohydrates: 26.6 g
Cholesterol: 25 mg
Fat: 7 g
Fiber: 0.7 g
Protein: 2.7 g
Sodium: 120 mg