Hermits were never my idea, but now we are pretty good friends. I'm happy we met. Conor typically never ever request sweets ('cause he is sweet enough...AMIRIGHT!? **insert punchline drum kick here**). So if ever the occasion comes where he says I'd really love cookies or cake or fried things I am right on it. This is where I meet the hermit. I had never really had a run-in with a hermit cookie and didn't know what they were all about. Conor's dad makes a nice one with molasses and a dusting of sugar on top, and this piqued my interest. After consulting with Mama Rubes and her magical vintage Boston Globe Cookbook from.....a wicked long time ago I stumbled upon a hermit from back in the day. I played with it a little and ended up throwing a glaze on them, which we both really loved. Add some raisins and pecans and this really is a great little cookie. Not too sweet, but just enough. You should really meet this hermit.
iced coffee hermit (makes about 6 dozen)
1 1/2 cups butter @ room temp
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cold coffee
3 1/2 cups a.p flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
In the bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment beat butter, sugar and eggs till fluffy. Add coffee and mix together (it might look a little broken and strange..but do not worry, it's natural). In a separate bowl whisk together flour, soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix dry into your butter sugar mix till evenly combined. Stir in raisins and nuts. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and stick in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400. On cookie sheets lined with parchment drop rounded teaspoons (or use your smallest cookie scoop) two inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes or till they are just firm on the top. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
2 teaspoon espresso powder
2 tablespoon water
3/4 cup confectionary sugar; sifted
In a medium sized bowl dissolve powder into water. Gradually whisk in sugar. Drizzle over hermits. Be friends with the hermit.