Holiday Hermits Holiday Hermits

Author: Canadian Living

Hermits are lightly spiced soft fruit-and-nut cookies. You can replace the pistachios with chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans, and the cranberries with Thompson or golden raisins. To expose more of the pistachio's green, vigorously rub the shelled nuts in a towel before chopping.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Holiday Celebrations: 2007



In 4-cup (1 L) jar and using funnel, layer flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, baking soda, salt and sugar. Top with cranberries and pistachios. Seal and store in cool spot for up to 1 month.

For Gift Card: Line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.

Place sieve over large bowl; sift ingredients into bowl, setting cranberries and nuts aside.

In separate bowl, beat together 2/3 cup (150 mL) soft butter, 1 egg, 2 tbsp (25 mL) 10% cream and 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla (mixture will not come together). Scrape over dry ingredients, stirring until almost blended. Add cranberries and nuts; mix, with hands if necessary to make soft dough.

Drop by rounded 1 tbsp (15 mL) onto pans. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until slightly darkened on bottom, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes; transfer to rack and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store layered between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 56 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 113.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 14 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
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