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Hermits (Spice Cookies with fruits and nuts)   BD17175_.WMF (6070 bytes)

1/4 cup raisins or currants
1/4 cup chopped nuts
2 cups flour
4 Tbl butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp mace
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Grease a 9 X 13-inch cake pan or some cookie sheets.  Toss the raisins or currants and the chopped nuts in 1/4 cup of the flour; set aside.

Cream the butter, then add the sugar and blend well.  Add the salt, eggs, and molasses and beat well.  Mix together the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, the baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, cloves, mace and nutmeg; add to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and beat thoroughly.

Stir in the raisins and nuts.  Spread in the pan or drop by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheets.  Bake only until the top is firm and the center chewy, about 15-20 minutes for the squares or 8-10 minutes for the cookies.

 

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