Oxmoor House
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
These old-fashioned Hermits are button-like cookies flavored with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and lemon extract and topped with a raisin.
about 3 1/2 dozen


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1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/4 cups bread flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup shortening, melted
Additional raisins


Combine sugar and beaten egg in a large mixing bowl, beating well. Stir in flavorings and 1/2 cup raisins.

Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves in a small mixing bowl; add to sugar mixture, stirring well. Stir in shortening.

Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets; press a raisin in center of each cookie. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks.

Created date

February 2010