Chai-Spiced Fig Hermits Chai-Spiced Fig Hermits

Image: Canadian Living | Holiday Baking 2014

Dried figs, crunchy pistachios and chai-inspired? spices give these humble hermit cookies a sophisticated flavour. Look for dried Mission figs in the produce section of your grocery store. For best texture, choose the softest ones.

  • Portion size 30 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014



In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, cream and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture until almost blended. Stir in figs and pistachios, using hands if needed, to form soft dough.

Drop by rounded 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper– lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until bottoms are golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days.)

Nutritional facts per cookie: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 67 mg
  • Sugars 9 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 116.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Potassium 88 mg
  • Cholesterol 17 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
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