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Hermit Cookies

20 Apr

hermit cookies fresh out of the oven

These hermit cookies are so yummy, with a hint of spice. For a gluten-free version, use oat flour, which also gives the cookies a slightly nutty flavour, and a lighter, more delicate texture.

6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
(Gluten-free cookies: use 1 1/2 cup oat flour instead of all-purpose and whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp milk
1 cup raisins
1 cup pecans (or walnuts), coarsely chopped
1 cup chocolate chips (milk and semisweet)


  1. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in eggs until creamy. Stir in vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add mixture to first bowl.
  4. Fold mixture together until doughy. Stir in milk. cookie batter
  5. Add raisins, nuts, and chocolate chips.
  6. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Spoon dough onto baking sheets, about 5 cm apart.
  8. Bake until golden brown (about 12-14 minutes. Gluten-free version requires 14-15 minutes). Let cool before removing from baking sheets.

Makes about 2 dozen large cookies.

Slightly Less Sinful: Oatmeal-Raisin-Chocolate Chip Cookies

12 Jun

Here is my next attempt at making cookies slightly less unhealthy. There is no butter in this recipe. Instead, I use safflower oil, and sneak in a bit of ground flax seed.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup safflower oil  (Canola oil is also ok)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins


Mix flour, baking powder,  salt, and flax seed together in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, oil, egg and vanilla.

Stir in flour mixture, then oats, chocolate chips and raisins.

Drop by the tablespoonful onto cookie sheets. Makes about 32 small cookies.

Bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, until edges are golden.

By the way, Russo’s Market (Watertown, MA), sells amazingly large, plump, juicy raisins!

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