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Apple Hermits Recipe

Apple Hermits

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"This is a moist and cake like, spicy, nutty, apple cookie."

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Original recipe makes 60 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    1 hr 18 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Mix in sugar and egg. Stir in flour mixture, and mix thoroughly. Fold in nuts, apples, and raisins.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar with milk to make a thin glaze. Drizzle over cooled cookies.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 10, 2007

I'm sure this recipe is fantastic the way it's written, because we liked it with my changes. We're dieting at our house and this seemed like a fairly healthy cookie, so I made the following revisions to make it healthier: whole wheat flour, 2T butter, 1/2 c. applesauce, Splenda brown sugar, 1/2 c. pecans, 2T Cinnamon plus spice blend. I soaked the raisins which helps add moisture to the mix and used an electric chopper to get a finer chop on the apple. They do have to be formed by hand. They are a sweet, moist cookie with a good flavor. We skipped the glaze because they don't need it. I made a few w/out raisins & nuts for my young girls and they ate them. And my husband who is picky w/ treats said they tasted healthy, but were really good. Happy to have found this recipe. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 11, 2012

I didn't include nutmeg and raisins. These are easy to make and tasty.

Jul 09, 2009

HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: This is wonderful for toddler playgroups because it's healthy & about the only yummy dish that doesn't contain something someone is allergic to (obviously there's no need to add nuts)! The kids all prefer craisins, and don't complain when I use wheat flour! If you do add nuts, pecans tend to have more flavor in cookies, so we choose that over walnuts. We soak our raisins/craisins in warm water while I'm getting the other ingredients ready which allows them to become nice and fluffy to bring out their flavor instead of biting down on dry fruit you can barely taste. I've also done this several times w/o cloves. We love sweets in this house, but can't imagine turning this healthy cookie into something that's not by adding the unnecessary glaze. This turns out to be really soft and we prefer to store this in the fridge or eat right away. We found no need to use parchment paper especially if you have any decent baking sheet. One of the few recipes on this site that is delicious w/o a bunch of revisions.

Nov 11, 2003

These cookies are delicious. Very moist and chewy. I also made them into bars once when I was in a hurry. Worked out well.

Oct 05, 2008

YUM. We went apple picking yesterday and I've been in a baking frenzy... so glad to have found this recipe! I made a bunch of modifications so that the cookies would be super-appley. They came out ridiculously good. Here's what I did: 1) Put in about FOUR cups of chopped up apple. I know, craziness. 2) added about 2 cups of rolled oats (to soak up the extra juice from the apples) 3) omitted raisins. I am anti-raisin. 4) doubled the baking soda 5) doubled all the spices and added a touch of ginger 6) used greased cookie sheets instead of parchment These changes made for some AWESOME cookies. Then I got more adventurous and for the last tray's worth, I added a handful of coconut. WOW!!! That provided a really neat flavor to meld with the apples and walnuts and all the spices. My husband has ordered me to get them out of the house immediately, or he will eat them all.

Sep 19, 2003

These cookies are delicious-quite a compliment coming from a devout chocolate lover! Because I am not wild about cloves, I did cut the amount called for in the recipe by half-and I used dark brown sugar. My family loved them!A wonderful cookie for the fall season! Can't wait to make them again!

Mar 22, 2007

Have just made these cookies with slight alterations and they turned out really well. I love the light, fluffy texture! I only used half of the flour and for the other half I substituted rolled oats. I left out half of the butter and used applesauce instead. And lastly half of the sugar was changed to sweetener. Maybe that is the reason why my cookies turned out really sweet... too sweet actually. I used the sweetener as advised on the packet, the exact amount of the gramms of sugar I wanted and it still didn't work. Maybe next time I won't try to reduce the sugar calories. But overall- loved the cookie!

Sep 28, 2006

Very tasty but didn't turn out at all attractive. As a previous reviewer noted, the batter was quite dry and cookies needed to be formed by hand before baking to keep all the nuts and apples and raisins together. Next time will add some milk for moisture, chop the apples more finely (1/8 in.) and cut back on the raisins to 1/2 or 3/4 cup.


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  • Calories
  • 77 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 2.8 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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