Total Time
1hr 45mins
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together thoroughly--shortening, brown sugar, and eggs.
  2. Blend in the cold coffee.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  4. Add in the raisins and walnuts--mix well.
  5. Chill 1 hour.
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
  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. Do not overbake.
Most Helpful

5 5

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!

5 5

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

5 5

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 good!! Happy New Year