Old-Fashioned Date Hermits

Date Hermits are a long-keeping cookie because of the amount of dried fruit in the recipe. They will stay fresh for up to two weeks if stored properly.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheets with parchment.

  2. Mix together dry ingredients; set aside.

  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and molasses; beat until smooth.

  4. Blend in flour mixture. Fold in walnuts, orange rind, dates, and raisins. Chill 30 minutes.

  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake 7–10 minutes, or until golden.

Great for Shipping

Hermits are a very sturdy, very moist cookie great for shipping. It is one of the better cookies to ship if you are sending a care package overseas because of the amount of dried fruit in the recipe. Want to send someone an assortment? Find more cookies that ship well.

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