Aunt Lou's Hermit cookies
5 from 2 votes

Aunt Lou’s Hermit Cookies

Here is a 100+ year old traditional old fashioned spice cookie recipe and a bit about it's food history.  These make a nice soft chewy cookie with lots of spice. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chewy cookie, cookie recipe, food history, old fashioned recipe, scratch recipe, spice cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 36 servings
Calories 182 kcal


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves ground
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger ground
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped


  1. In a small bowl, mix the spices. Add the nuts and dates. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, place the Crisco and slowly beat in both sugars.
  3. Slowly add the flour until it is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Stir in the sour cream.

  5. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  6. Fold in the spice/nut mixture.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and drop 1 Tb balls.
  8. Bake at 350 for 10-12 min. Makes 36 cookies.

Nutrition Facts
Aunt Lou’s Hermit Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.