The main content
Grandma Evelyn's Christmas Hermits

Grandma Evelyn's Christmas Hermits


  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

  • 2 eggs, well beaten

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 cup dates, chopped

  • 1/2 cup jarred maraschino cherries, chopped

  • 1/3 walnuts, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

  • 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, cream the shortening, adding the sugar gradually. Add the eggs, fruit and nuts. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water; then add this mixture to the shortening mixture.

In a medium size bowl, sift together the flour, allspice, cinnamon and salt. Add the flour mixture to the main bowl and stir.

Drop the batter in rounded teaspoons, about 1 inch apart, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve and enjoy!