Thursday, November 1, 2012

Old Fashioned Apple-Raisin Hermits

Warning! These are very addicting! Sweet and moist, they will not last long. These are baked in a 13"x9" pan to feed a crowd (or freeze half for later) and are made with simple ingredients.
Bake these right before guests arrive and your kitchen will smell heavenly.

Apple - Raisin Hermits

Makes 24 - 2" bars

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 -1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1- 1/2 cups peeled and diced Golden Delicious apple or other soft apple (I used Gala)
3/4 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Assemble ingredients. Liberally coat a 13x9x2" baking pan with cooking spray or solid shortening; set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, blend together brown sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla until smooth.

Peel and dice apples.

Add flour mixture to egg, sugar and butter mixture, 1/3 at a time, mixing after each addition.

Batter will have the consistency of peanut butter.

Stir in diced apples and raisins.

Spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.

These are even better the next day and are excellent 'keepers'. Store in the refrigerator covered, up to 1 week and freeze for up to 3 months.

But I am sure they will disappear long before then!




  1. Oh my gosh I haven't had these in forever!!! My mom used to make these when we were kids...I actually have her recipe!!! I just baked a yellow/chocolate cake this afternoon...but now I want some hermits!!!!

  2. Dearest Karen,
    That will certainly be delicious. Funny, the previous weekend I've baked 4 cakes as I had the coffee hour duty at our Church. It is fun and feels good when it is windy and nippy outside. The oven warms us and the smell is so inviting.
    Hugs to you,

  3. These look wonderful, Karen... I'm off to grab a recipe card.
    Have a lovely day!

  4. These do look addicting - but that's not a bad thing in this case, is it? <3

  5. I am pretty sure there will be no freezing or storing going on. B

  6. I'd never heard of "hermits" before this! (In a culinary sense.) Those look really scrummy. Thank you for the recipe!


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