Cookie Baking Day Cookies Desserts

Glazed Hermit Cookies

December 29, 2014

When I’m selecting cookies for Cookie Baking Day, I always try to include some non-chocolate varieties. I’m a chocoholic, so I’d have no problem having chocolate in every single cookie, but I know most people aren’t as crazy for chocolate as I am. I actually know three people who tell me they don’t like it. I can’t even relate to that. I’m pretty sure my body would shut down without its daily dose of chocolate. However, I’m thankful for my anti-chocolate friends or else I’d never discover amazing desserts like these Glazed Hermit Cookies! They’re made with apple cider, oats, currants, walnuts, molasses, and spices, and topped with a citrusy sweet glaze. Flavors that mean warmth and coziness in one cookie. All cookie lovers will enjoy them!

Glazed Hermit Cookies

So, how’s it taste?

This cookie is like an amped up oatmeal raisin cookie. It doesn’t have quite as much oatmeal as a true oatmeal cookie though. Currants kind of taste just like raisins to me, but I like that they’re so much smaller. You could also use dates. Y’all know I’ve been crazy for walnuts since my trip to California. They’re fantastic in this cookie, but of course you could use pecans, too. I love all the flavors in this cookie! It’s a very wet dough to work with and they really spread while baking, so make sure you put the scoops at least two inches apart. The result is a really soft, delicate cookie, almost cakelike. You can’t beat the smell while they’re baking!

Other goodies from Cookie Baking Day 2014:

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
Mocha Toffee Chocolate Cookies
M&M Cookies
White Chip Cran-Pistachio Cookies
Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies


Yield: about 3 dozen

Prep Time: 1 hr 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 2 hr 15 min

Glazed Hermit Cookies


1/2 cup dried currants
1/2 cup apple cider
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, 1/8 tsp. cloves)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt, plus a pinch
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Cooking spray
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


1. Combine the currants and cider in a small bowl; set aside to soak. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, oats, pie spice, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cloves in a medium bowl.

2. Beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the molasses and egg; beat until combined, about 1 more minute.

3. Drain the currants, reserving the cider. Reduce the mixer speed to medium low; beat in the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the reserved cider. Continue beating until the dough starts coming together, about 2 more minutes. Beat in the currants and walnuts. Dough will be very wet. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. (Dough will still be somewhat wet.)

4. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 350F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray (or use parchment paper). Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto the baking sheets. (Dough will really spread while baking.) Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies darken around the edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

5. Whisk the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a bowl, then whisk in 1 tablespoon water. Drizzle on the cookies and let set about 10 minutes.

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  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice December 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I love the name of these cookies, Leah! And they look so delicious, too. Oatmeal raisin cookies are one of my favorites, so these are right up my alley!

  • Sues December 29, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    These cookies are so pretty! I’m a big oatmeal raisin cookie fan 🙂

  • K / Pure & Complex December 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I love chocolate varieties of course, but I also love these oatmeal cookies. They look so delish. Happy New Year!

  • Annie+@Maebells December 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Okay I cannot relate to that either! No chocolate?! That would be a sad life! 😉 These cookies do sound great though, I adore apple cider so I would devour these!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter December 31, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Loved all the cookies you made for cookie day! I love all oatmeal cookies and the apple cider sounds fantastic in here! Happy New Year, Leah!