I am a sucker for spiced cookies and these Hermit Bars are one more example. You need only look at the Honey Diamonds, Pfeffernusse, Triple Ginger Crisps, and Plantation Spice Cookies.
This is one of the most addictive cookies I have ever eaten. The original recipes, which seems to be the norm in books and on the internet made a rather sodden, heavy cookie with no icing. Changing a few of the ingredients made one of the most moist, spicy cookies that last forever in a closed tin. The Lemon Glaze, which is the perfect foil for the spicy cookie and sprinkles are optional but add another dimension to the bars.
The bar on the left is the traditional bar, the one on the right is the updated version which is higher, lighter and more moist.
Making them even more attractive is the ease with which it is prepared. This has to be one of the easiest, most rewarding cookies ever. It can be cut into bars or cut those in half for a smaller cookie. Continue reading