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Hermits Recipe

Hermits are a molasses-sweetened bar the consistency of a thin, chewy brownie. Hermits can be baked as drop cookies, but they usually appear in bakeries as rectangular bars, about 2" x 3" in size, topped with granulated sugar and standing in smart, even rows in the display case.

When you sample one of these, you'll understand why generations of New England picnickers carry these along on outings, serving them along with the lemonade. As for its name — we've read that hermit refers to the fact that these bars keep well for several days, so they could hide and be "hermits" and still be deliciously palatable.

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  • 3/8 cup (6 tablespoons) shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup currants or 1 cup raisins, ground with 1/4 cup of the flour
  • sugar to sprinkle on top

Glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets, or line with parchment.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, sugar, molasses and egg until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the flour, soda, salt, spices, and currants or raisins, beating until smooth and well-combined.
  4. Divide the dough in quarters (each portion will weigh about 7 ounces) and roll each quarter into a log. Pat two logs out on each baking sheet, shaping them to 1 1/2" wide, 10" long, and about 1/2" thick. Leave at least 3" of space between them; they'll expand quite a bit as they bake.
  5. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until the top is craggy and no longer wet. Remove from the oven and cool completely before glazing and cutting crosswise into 2" x 3" rectangles.
  6. For the glaze: Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. Brush thinly over the tops of the bars before slicing.
  7. Store the hermits, well-wrapped, at room temperature for up to a week.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 39g
  • Servings Per Batch 20
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 140
  • Calories from Fat 54
  • Total Fat 4g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 9mg
  • Sodium 128mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 20g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 16g
  • 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.