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4.3 from 41 votes

New England Hermit Cookies

A New England molasses cookie, these hermit cookies are soft and chewy and made with ginger, molasses and raisins. Perfectly balanced with a pinch of salt.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make hermit cookies, molasses cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 64
Calories 105kcal
Author Liz Della Croce


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks softened
  • 2/3 cup dark molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups raisins


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour one standard jelly roll pan (cookie sheet) and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking power, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, salt and cloves.
  • With mixer on medium, beat together brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in molasses then egg and mix until combined.
  • Reduce speed to low and slowly add in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Use a spoon to stir in raisins.
  • Scrape edges of bowl with a plastic spatula.
  • Flour hands then carefully press dough into even layer on the floured cookie sheet.
  • Bake 17-19 minutes depending on oven. Remove when toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely before slicing into bars.



These cookies age well and can handle a little air exposure. They are very moist and last several days (if they last that long!) Slicing Tip: A pizza slicer is a great way to ensure even slicing.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 80mg