Spicy Chocolate Hermit Cookie Recipe

Servings: 2 dozen serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 33 minutes

Cooking time: 18 minutes

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When I was growing up there was a great bakery across from our dentist’s office, a real old fashioned, hole-in-the-wall, neighbourhood bakery. We’d sometimes stop in after our appointments for a treat. I remember being in awe of the place, filled wall-to-wall with cookies and doughnuts. I remember jumbo soft molasses cookies with dollops of jam and racks of old fashioned sugar donuts. But what I loved most were the giant trays of glazed hermits at the front counter. Dark and spicy with crackly icing, they were irresistible.

My brother recently sent me “The Rosie’s Bakery All-butter, cream-filled, sugar-packed Baking Book”, 418 pages of bakery bliss and in it I found two recipes for slab-style hermits. I adapted the recipe to include cocoa and chocolate chips and cut the glaze recipe by 2/3. The result is an updated version of my old favourite.

Ginger Chocolate Hermit Cookie Recipe

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp cloves
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp soft butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, scraping down the bowl as required. Add the egg and blend, then add the molasses.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry to the wet and mix thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Divide dough in half and using wet hands form into two logs about 12” long. Lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spaced at least 3” apart (they flatten as they bake).
  4. Bake at 375 F for about 18 minutes. Don’t let them get too dark around the edges, you want them to be chewy.


  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  1. Blend together and thin with a drop more milk if it’s too thick.
  2. Drizzle over the cooked, cooled strips. Allow to harden before cutting the cookies.

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4 thoughts on “Spicy Chocolate Hermit Cookie Recipe

  1. Patricia says:

    I can'[t wait to try the delicious sounding receipes!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Patricia,
      I hope you enjoy them. Hermits are one of my favourite cookies.

  2. Cynthia Shand says:

    Hi Bridget, looking forward to trying 5his new version of what I know to be traditional Hermit cookies. My husband is a huge fan of Hermit cookies so this will be a Jew twist on a traditional favorite, plus we are chocaholics so that will be a yummy bonus!
    Hugs, Cyndy Shand

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