Hermits for John

December 11, 2014
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  • Makes approx 38
Author Notes

My late husband's favourite cookies were Hermits. Over a decade has passed, and with the holidays approaching I thought now would be a good time to bring them back. I have tweaked this from a Canadian Living recipe. Feel free to tone down the amount of spice in these. We tend to like them on the spicier side. Here is my take on an old classic. I think John would approve. —Franca

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 cup barley flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ginger, allspice, and cardamon
  • scant 1/2 teaspoons each nutmeg and cloves
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup shredded toasted coconut
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup toasted cashews
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl of your electric mixer, cream together butter and coconut oil. Add brown sugar and beat until light scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients and gently (to avoid getting covered in flour) stir into creamed mixture. Add dried fruit, nuts & mix until combined.
  2. Drop batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet by the spoonful. I use a small cookie scoop. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned with slightly crispier edges. Remove from oven and let rest a minute or two before transferring to a rack to cool.

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