Down East Hermits

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"A delicious Maine Hermit recipe that I have 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 downeast? To Mainers, downeast is down in the most eastern part of Maine, but to those from away,downeast IS Maine."

Original is 40 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (45.5 g)
  • Calories 181.3
  • Total Fat - 8.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 8.2 mg
  • Sodium - 96.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 26.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 10.1 g
  • Protein - 2.5 g
  • Calcium - 12.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Mix shortening, brown sugar, and eggs thoroughly; blend in cold coffee.

Step 2

Mix in rest of ingredients well and then the raisins and walnuts; mix well.

Step 3

Chill 1 hour; drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes or till set--just until touched lightly with fingertip, almost no imprint remains--don't overbake.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews


We love Hermits and these were like my grandma used to make. I made mine bar style to save time and get them in the oven. Delicious!


review by:
(6 Apr 2021)


Oh man just how I remembered! My grandmother made these and we loved them and still do. These are delicious and I am so happy to be able to make them any time we want them. Yummm!


review by:
(14 Mar 2020)


Brings me back to my childhood when my mom would make these for us. They are so yummy! Along with a cup of coffee I am in my glory!


review by:
(12 Jan 2020)


I love hermits and these were all I thought they would be! I made them on a cookie sheet, and just spread the batter like a brownie mix. I baked them at 350 and just watched them till they were done (I didn't time it) I tested with a toothpick and when it came out clean I took them out and let them cool. Cut them into bars and stored them in a plastic container. Deliciousss!


review by:
(8 Sep 2013)


This is a favorite recipe I like to make and what I think of when I think "Hermits". My mom used to make these for me since I can remember. I had asked her for the recipe once and she told me it was from Betty Crocker's vintage "Cooky" book, and it is. This really is the defining recipe for hermits, if you ask me. I'd recommend it to anyone. As a spice cookie, it is not too strong in flavor, and it has a lot in common with oatmeal raisin cookies and would be perfect for anyone who loves those. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!


review by:
(15 Apr 2013)

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