Down East Hermits

Total Time
1hr 45mins
15 mins
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.

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  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.