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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hermit Cookies. I'm into something good!

Yes, I'm still here and still baking!! The thing is, I tend to bake my favorite recipes over and over (who doesn't?) and then I don't have new recipes to share with you here. If you follow this blog on Face Book, you will see what I'm baking on a daily basis!

I did bake a few new recipes but I didn't think they were blog-worthy. I will only post recipes that I think are worthy of your time and effort!

This one fits the bill. It's a spice cookie that my mom used to bake. Are you wondering about the name? Me too! It always makes me think of Herman's Hermits. For you youngins, that's a band from the 6os who did this groovy tune.

Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good

This is a great fall and winter cookie, with all the spices we associate with this time of year. These are soft and moist and oh so good with a cup of coffee or tea.... and you know I highly recommend cookies for breakfast! :-) The glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness. Enjoy!


2/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1-3/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
2 TB sour cream
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup raisins

Vanilla Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
2 TB cream or milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Dissolve the baking soda in the sour cream then add to the butter and sugar mixture with the eggs and beat again. Mix in the dry ingredients then stir in the nuts and raisins.

Use a cookie scooper or drop by TB onto cookie sheet. Bake til lightly brown, 15-18 min. Remove from pan to cool on a rack. Glaze when cookies are cool. You can spread over entire cookie or drizzle a design.

Happy Baking!


  1. When I first read the title I thought, "Finally a cookie just for me." I never go anywhere, rarely leave the house, so I'm often called a "hermit" by the ones that supposedly love me....OUCH! This cookie sounds delicious.

    1. You won't want to leave the house when these are around :-)

  2. Interesting, the Hermits I always see are darker in color and in a wide bar...yummy! They always have them in the bakery drop off at Meals on Wheels, but I never manage to claim one!

    1. You've seen OTHER Hermits? I didn't know this was something others make too! In bar forms sounds really good!

  3. I think these should be put on the list of comfort foods! The smell of them baking alone warms a home. This is a keeper~

  4. My grandma made these. Have not seen them for decades! Everything you make looks great!

  5. Oh I've missed Sweet (pun intended=) you Michael Ann...I'm not sure I've ever made a hermit cookie, but I sure do love the ingredient list and imagine they make you float through the house on the fragrance they initiate. Thanks so much for sharing - they look fabulous. I AM A COOKIE MONSTER!! and know I would certainly enjoy these.

  6. Michael Ann - Please come over to my blog and pick up your "Super Sweet Blogging Award"....thanks for being such a sweetie. http://www.thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2012/09/super-sweet-blogging-award.html

  7. Michael Ann, I can see myself eating these cookies with a nice cup of coffee! :)

  8. I love singing along with Hermans Hermits! This cookie looks like a hit too!

  9. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Love these!

  10. Wow, Michael Ann Your cookies look scrumptious. I copied the Hermits recipe to make at my BnB. My guests (and I) will love them. I started a new memoir. Check it out at www.amemorabletimeofmylife.blogspot.com. The first one is going through the submission process trying to get published. I really miss you at SheWrites. Do you still stop by?


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