Tested till perfect Holiday Hermit Cookies

Holiday Hermit Cookies

Associate food director Donna Bartolini knows that busy households will appreciate having ready-for-the-oven cookies in the freezer. These are chock-full of colourful fruit and crunchy toffee nuggets. Be sure to include the baking instructions on a card inside the box. Or bake the cookies and offer them ready-to-eat in a festive cookie tin.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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  • Portion size 84


  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupbutter, softened
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupshortening
  • 2 cups 2cupspacked brown sugar
  • 3 3eggeggs
  • 2 tsp 2tspvanilla
  • 3-3/4 cups 3-3/4cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspbaking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspcinnamon
  • 1 tsp 1tspnutmeg
  • 1 tsp 1tspground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspbaking soda
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspsalt
  • 2 cups 2cupsdried cranberrydried cranberries or cherries
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsgolden raisingolden raisins
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupschopped datedates
  • 1 cup 1cuptoffee bits, (such as Skor)
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Line baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside.

In large bowl, beat together butter, shortening and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture until dough holds together. Stir in cranberries, raisins, dates and toffee bits.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls (15 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 20 minutes or until firm. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight freezer container. Freeze for up to 2 months.) To bake, place 2 inches/5 cm apart on parchment paper-lined or greased rimless baking sheets.

Bake, without thawing, in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for about 20 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown but centres are still soft. Let cool on pans on racks for 5 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely.

Additional information :

Tip: To bake fresh, place dough directly on parchment paper-lined or greased rimless baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart; bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven for about 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Cookie: about

cal 109 pro 1g total fat 4g sat. fat 2g
carb 17g fibre 1g chol 14mg sodium 60mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 4 vit A 2 vit C 2
folate 3
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