Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
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.
- 1 cup soft shortening
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup cold brewed coffee
- 3 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 1⁄2 cups raisins
- 1 1⁄4 cups chopped walnuts
- Mix together thoroughly--shortening, brown sugar, and eggs.
- Blend in the cold coffee.
- Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Add in the raisins and walnuts--mix well.
- Chill 1 hour.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes or until set--just until when touched lightly with fingertip, almost no print remains.
- Do not overbake.
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!
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
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