These bars, topped with brown-sugar icing and candied ginger, are best a day or two after they are baked so the flavors have a chance to deepen.

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Ingredients

For the Cookies
For the Icing

Directions

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  • Make bars: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet. Line bottom with parchment paper, and butter parchment; set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and cloves in a medium bowl; set aside.

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  • Put butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add brown sugars; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in egg and yolk, and molasses. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Mix in 1/2 cup candied ginger and the raisins.

  • Spread dough evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until firm, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool completely in baking sheet on a wire rack.

  • Make icing: Put brown sugar, milk, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until butter has melted and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla and confectioners sugar. If icing is too thick to drizzle, stir in more milk, a teaspoon at a time. If icing is too thin, stir in more confectioners sugar, a teaspoon at a time. Let cool slightly.

  • Drizzle bars with icing; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup candied ginger. Let stand until icing has set, about 15 minutes. Cut into 2-inch squares. Bars can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 5 days.

Reviews (19)

19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
01/04/2012
I am in the process of making this for the very first time, with very little baking experience. I had to candy my own ginger, and found it to be challenging, and just that took longer than it was supposed to. I'm hoping the overall recipe for these hermits goes well. I found this recipe via supercook.com recipe database.
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12/18/2010
This recipe is a gem....Hermits are my fathers favorite cookie and mine also. The pleasure I get from his smile is priceless....by far the best recipe I have made of this cookie. Thank you!
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12/15/2009
This one of my absolute favorite cookies. I made it 3 or 4 times last year for Xmas b/c it was so popular and unusual. Just made a double batch for a cookie exchange. Candied ginger is cheap in the bulk section of most health food stores. The confect sugar doesn't need to be sifted for the icing, it melts right in.
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03/06/2009
Josephine, click the print button above to get the recipe to open in a new window
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03/05/2009
HOW CAN THESE BE COMMENTED ON WHEN THE RECIPE HAS NOT BEEN PRINTED UP ON THIS SITE. THEY MUST BE MAGIC TO READ THROUGH THE SCREEN AS THERE'S NO RECIPE HERE ONLY THE COMMENTS, DAH!
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11/14/2008
PS I'm in England too, Lesley, and I'd never heard of them either. Good, though, aren't they?
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11/14/2008
These are superb. I missed out the raisins (family not keen), and they still work really well. They're like a cross between English gingerbread and German lebkuchen. Yum!
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11/14/2008
I am reading this in the uk and have never heard of hermits at all!
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11/13/2008
I'm from Boston and have never seen round hermits. I guess it depends on where you're from! They looked like they were done in flat oblongs and then cut into bars. They sound yummy.
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11/13/2008
All of the recipes for hermits that I have are called cookies and are never called bars. Is this another modification by the staff?Hermits are chuncky round cookies.
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11/13/2008
Could only get Page 1 of comments, but would like to see more!!!
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11/13/2008
Could only get Page 1 of comments, but would like to see more!!!
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11/13/2008
Here in Delta, BC, Canada, I ger my candied ginger at my local health food store.
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11/13/2008
Williams-Sonoma carries excellent quality Australian candied ginger.
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11/13/2008
where do you get candied ginger?
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11/13/2008
it shows 1CUP NOT 1 gallon
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11/13/2008
I see it as 1 cup sifted, plus more if needed????
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11/04/2008
Your ingredients list shows 1 GALLON Confectioner's Sugar. I am sure that is not the correct amount, is it?
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11/04/2008
Your ingredients list shows 1 GALLON Confectioner's Sugar. I am sure that is not the correct amount, is it?