Saturday, February 14, 2009

Joyce's Hermits

My mother-in-law makes these delicious cookies every Christmas. It's something we look forward to every year.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup water
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 5 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.
Cover raisins with water and boil a couple minutes until tender. Reserve 1/3 cup raisin water and drain the rest.
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix.
Add raisin water and vanilla to creamed mixture, and then incorporate flour. Fold in raisins and walnuts.
Shape dough into narrow strips (about 4 inches wide and the length can be almost the length of the cookie sheet).
Bake for 12 minutes.

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