Breakfast buffet: National spicy hermit cookie day
November 15th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Come out of your shell - November 15 is National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day!

You don't have to be a hermit to enjoy one of these peculiarly-named holiday cookies, but you just might want to stash a recipe for your next cookie swap.

So how did the hermit cookie get its name? A 19th century favorite, these cookies were so named because they keep well in a cool, dry place for quite some time... like a hermit, apparently.

The treat itself resembles something of an oatmeal raisin cookie, but a little lumpier. Soft and chewy, it is chock full of raisins, dates, nuts and spiced with cinnamon, allspice and cloves, hence the "spicy" part.

Bring this Victorian cookie back for your holiday get-together and share the love by making an old-fashioned recipe.

But you don't have to hide these hermits away after the holidays - you should be free to snack all year long!

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  1. Rich G

    Sounds great! I love to come home and have a spicy chocolate chip cookie with a glass of homemade wine. If you're interested in making wine, check out my recipes at The Winemaker‘s Notebook

    November 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
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