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Good 'n' Chewy Hermits

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic


Good 'n' Chewy Hermits Recipe

We're always on the lookout for favorite old New England recipes, ones that have stood the test of time. Because of their high sugar and fat content, these bars have great keeping qualities; back in the days of the clipper ship, tins of hermits accompanied many a sailor as he set out for the Orient, or far-flung ports in other parts of the world.

At a glance

2 dozen squares
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup raisins, either dark or golden


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan. See "tips," below for alternate pan choices.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, shortening and butter until smooth. Beat in the spices, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Slowly stir in the flour, then add the molasses and beat to combine. Stir in the raisins last.
  4. Pat hermits into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan; the mixture will be quite dry.
  5. Bake the hermits for 25 to 30 minutes in a light-colored aluminum pan; 20 to 25 minutes in a darker pan. In either case, don't over-bake; they should barely be pulling away from the edge of the pan.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting. Store, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 46g
  • Servings Per Batch 24
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 190
  • Calories from Fat 70
  • Total Fat 8g
  • Saturated Fat 3.5g
  • Trans Fat .5g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 105mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 30g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 17g
  • Protein 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.