Cranberry Walnut Hermits

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

This recipe is adapted from Maida Heatter's Cookies. To make the cookies even more reminiscent of Cape Cod, I swapped the traditional raisins for cranberries. The tart berries provide a nice contrast, especially with the walnuts I added for crunch.

Cranberry Walnut Hermits

About This Recipe

Yield:12 large bars
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:50 minutes
This recipe appears in: Cookie Monster: Cranberry Walnut Hermits


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 by 13 by 2 inch pan.

  2. 2

    In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth, about four minutes.

  3. 3

    Beat in eggs. Add molasses and beat until incorporated.

  4. 4

    In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, mace, and allspice.

  5. 5

    Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients, beating just until mixture is evenly incorporated and batter is smooth. Mix in cranberries and walnuts.

  6. 6

    Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until brown and a cake tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes.


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