Hermit Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Hermit Bars are sliced spice cookies. This recipe is adapted from an old issue of Cook's Illustrated and happens to be one of my favorites.
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace (or pinch of nutmet
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (use less if using salted butter)
  • 1 cup raisins (plumped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugar using high speed of electric mixer. Beat for 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and molasses.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. Stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture. Stir in raisins and nuts.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment or Silpats. Divide dough into 2 sections and form two logs of about 14x2 inches. Brush logs with beaten egg. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Slice each log at an angle about 2 inches thick. Makes about 16 bars.
Recipe by Cookie Madness at https://www.cookiemadness.net/2005/11/23/hermit-bars/