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    Down East Hermits

    Down East Hermits. Photo by Mimi in Maine

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hrs 45 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs 30 mins

    Mimi in Maine's Note:

    A delicious Maine Hermit recipe that I have been making for years. Moist and just the right mixture of spices and raisins. Great with coffee and for dunking! You might be thinking--Where is down east? To Mainers, down east is down in the most eastern part of Maine. To others in the country, down east IS Maine.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    dozen

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Mix together thoroughly--shortening, brown sugar, and eggs.
    2. 2
      Blend in the cold coffee.
    3. 3
      Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
    4. 4
      Add in the raisins and walnuts--mix well.
    5. 5
      Chill 1 hour.
    6. 6
      Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
    7. 7
      Bake at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes or until set--just until when touched lightly with fingertip, almost no print remains.
    8. 8
      Do not overbake.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 22, 2011

      55

      This brought tears to my eyes when I saw this recipe, as my grandmother used to make them for me when I was a child. I could remember how good the kitchen smelled while they were cooking. I got busy and whipped up a batch for us to try, and they were just like my grandma's recipe. I closed my eyes and took a bite and I could see her smiling down at me. Thanks so much for the warm memories and the great hermits!

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    • on April 30, 2007

      55

      Your "Down Mimi,your -down East Hermits,were down right delicious,I have not tasted such a good hermit cookie in a long time.It will be my-Out West Hermit cookie -now.Thanks for posting.Rose of Sharon

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    • on December 31, 2009

      55

      My first attempt at hermits. A real childhood favorite for me. Thank you for sharing your recipe Mimi. Love the Down East flavor. Made them again for Christmas 2009....so good!! Happy New Year

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    Nutritional Facts for Down East Hermits

    Serving Size: 1 (1825 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1213.3
     
    Calories from Fat 475
    39%
    Total Fat 52.7 g
    81%
    Saturated Fat 10.8 g
    54%
    Cholesterol 62.0 mg
    20%
    Sodium 650.6 mg
    27%
    Total Carbohydrate 179.4 g
    59%
    Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
    24%
    Sugars 107.9 g
    431%
    Protein 15.3 g
    30%

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