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.


  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

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!

ChewieJacuBeau September 22, 2011

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

out of here April 30, 2007

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

AnneHas2 December 31, 2009