Are you looking for a tasty treat that will transport you back to simpler times? Look no further than homemade hermits! These chewy, spiced cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and savory, making them a favorite for all ages.


  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg white or 2 tablespoons egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cover raisins with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  2. Whisk together next 6 ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, combine molasses, butter, egg white and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  4. Fold in walnuts and raisins (batter will be wet).
  5. Divide batter in half; spread each half (wetting hands, if necessary) into a 12x2-in. rectangle 2 in. apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
  7. Transfer to a cutting board; with a serrated knife, cut diagonally into 1-1/2-in. bars.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 122 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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