Old-Fashioned Hermits

This sweet memory dates back to Sun-Maid's 1923 cookbook. It's said to be the original spice cookie, loved by familiesthroughout the country.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Directions:

    HEAT oven to 350 F.
    GREASE cookiesheets.
    COMBINE shortening,brown sugar, sugar and eggs; beat until light and fluffy.
    COMBINE flour,cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and cloves.
    ADD to shorteningmixture; mix well.
    STIR in raisins andwalnuts.
    DROP by teaspoonfulsonto greased cookie sheets.
    BAKE in upper thirdof oven at 350 F for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

    Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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