Hermit Cookies: Revisited

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Nearly 2 years ago, I shared a family heirloom recipe with you all. The recipe? Hermit Cookies. Said cookies are my dad’s ultimate favourite cookies, however with their shortening, refined sugar and wheat flour, I can’t help but feel guilty every time I eat one. I finally said, enough’s enough! Why not make a healthier version of his favourite cookies, and see how they turn out? Well, it worked, and now I have awesome cookies that are full of spice and everything nice, including coconut sugar, gluten free all-purpose flour and real butter!

Hermit Cookies

In case you haven’t baked with coconut sugar before, you’ll be happy to hear that you can make a direct 1 for 1 substitution for refined sugar. The coconut sugar does not lack in sweetness, so your taste buds won’t notice the difference. Your blood sugar sure will though! Coconut sugar does not affect blood sugar which means you won’t have a severe jolt of energy and a lousy crash to follow. Now, while these cookies are a heck of a lot better than the original recipe, I won’t encourage you to enjoy an entire dozen in one sitting. Indulge in 1-2 cookies per serving and be sure to share!

Hermit Cookies

Hermit Cookies 1.2
Makes 1.5 dozen

3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup + 1/8 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
3/4 cup mixed dried fruit (I used cranberries, cherries & raisins)
1/2 cup coursely chopped nuts (I like pecans)


Mix the coconut sugar, butter and eggs together. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Add in the dried fruit and nuts and mix. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and chill in the fridge for 45-60 minutes. Remove and place spoonfuls of cookie dough on parchment paper. Bake in oven at 350 F for 10-12 minutes. When baked, remove and let cool completely. Store in airtight container to ensure they stay soft.


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