Hermit Cookies

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Hello! Happy Friday! 

Have you ever had Hermit Cookies before? I have asked this to everyone I have encountered for the past 48 hours and I have gotten a resounding “no”. So in case you are also unfamiliar, they are a molasses, spice cookie that almost always have raisins and sometimes nuts. You can make them as drop cookies or as bars like I did here.

For some reason that I can’t quite figure out, I have fond childhood memories associated with hermit cookies. It really doesn’t make much sense because these are chocolate-less cookies and especially when I was younger dessert was not dessert if it didn’t have chocolate! It could be because these were one of the rare cookies we ever bought from the store (my mom’s cookies are always better than store bought)… or maybe it’s that thick coating of pearl sugar on top 🙂 … Most likely it’s because I’m pretty sure I ate them for breakfast at one point in my life… and maybe this morning 🙂 Yep that is probably it! A cookies that seems passable for breakfast food. I mean they DO have raisins and walnuts – that’s fruit and protein right there! 

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They are simple to make with just a few ingredients. I substituted coconut oil for some of the shortening which I think makes them all the moister. The molasses and spices – cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg – give them a dense and rich flavor.  Molasses is something I rarely bake or cook with, I think it smells terrible, but I love it’s flavor in baked goods! And – FUN FACT: Elephants love molasses! Who knew!? My jar of Grandma’s Molasses taught me that 🙂 

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Hermit Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 1 cup white sugar
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/2 tsp ginger
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  8. 1 tsp baking soda
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 3 cups flour
  11. 1 cup molasses
  12. 1/2 cup walnuts
  13. 1/2 cup raisins
  14. 1/4 cup pearl sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9" by 13" baking pan
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment, coconut oil, butter and sugar on high until fluffy
  4. Add spices, sea salt, baking soda and vanilla extract, beat
  5. Slowly add flour mixing on low until combined
  6. Slowly pour in molasses, mix until dough starts to form a ball
  7. Fold in walnuts and raisins
  8. Press dough into a smooth, even layer to fill the baking pan
  9. Sprinkle with generous coating of pearl sugar
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes
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Have a great weekend! 

Wedding Wednesday – Wedding Guest Style Guide

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(Semi-Formal Wedding) 

I’m back today with a different type of Wedding Wednesday post and this one is for everyone! How many times have you been invited to a wedding and wondered “what do I wear”? A church wedding, a beach wedding, a farm wedding… the list goes on and on… sometimes the “type” of wedding and the location can give you a good idea of what to wear, sometimes not. If you are a female the options are usually long dress or short dress, but then you have to worry about the color – dark, light, not WHITE! And if you are a male you are probably not worrying, but maybe your wife or girlfriend is worrying for you – a tux to this one, a light suit to that one,  or for the most casual of weddings khakis and a button down… 

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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Hello! Happy Wednesday! 

Over the weekend I went apple picking with some girlfriends out in Markham,VA at Stribling Orchard. It was not quite apple picking weather with high humidity and temps around 95 degrees, but we made the most of it. We were able to pick Johnathan, Macintosh and Golden Delicious. We were definitely a little early to the apple picking party, the apples are ok, but not GREAT yet. I think another trip to the orchard will need to be in order for later in the season.