Saturday, June 9, 2012

Good and Chewy Hermits

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, shortening and margarine till smooth. Beat in the spices, salt and baking soda.

Slowly stir in the flour, then add the molasses and beat well again. Stir in the raisins last.

Pat hermits into a lightly greased 13x18 half sheet pan; mixture will be quite dry. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Do Not Overbake; bars should barely be pulling away from the edge of the pan. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.