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Hermit Bars

Hermit Bars

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16
Author Cookie Madness


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. Stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture. Stir in raisins and nuts.
  • 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.