Hermits Be The First To Review By cindy6250 recipe This is my Favorite Christmas Cookie. My grandmother made these every year. They are full of fruit, nuts and spices and are just a wonderful cookie. Hermits Ingredients 1 cup shortening2 cups brown sugar2 eggs3 1/2 cups sifted flour1/2 cup sour milk1 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp salt1 tsp baking soda2 tsp cinnamon1 tsp nutmeg1 cup chopped walnuts2 cups raisins1 cup chopped dates Instructions Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Sift together dry ingredients and add to first mixture, alternating with the milk. Stir in the raisins, dates and nuts. (Batter will be stiff) Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 until lightly browned, approx 8 mins.