It's Spicy Hermit Cookie Day - November 15, 2019

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Lander, Wyoming 82520

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These old-fashioned hermit cookies are full of flavor and texture, just like Grandma's! The easy brown sugar drop cookies are flavored with spices and chopped raisins along with chopped walnut or pecans. 

Feel free to use dried cranberries instead of dates or raisins, or make them with chocolate chips.


  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup coffee (cold)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 8 ounces
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Optional: dash ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dates (or raisins)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

Steps to Make Them:

  • Heat the oven to 375 F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  • Measure the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices into a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat the shortening, butter, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and cold coffee; beat on low speed until well blended.
  • Add the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Fold in the dates or raisins and nuts.
  • Drop the cookie dough by rounded teaspoon or small cookie scoop onto the prepared cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies immediately to a cooling rack.

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