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Spiced Hermit Cookies

Spiced Hermit Cookies
YIELDS
48 servings

Cinnamon, anise and cardamom give these cookies a delightful flavour.

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Ingredients

Spice Blend

½
cinnamon stick
2
whole cloves
1
tsp whole anise seed
4
green cardamom pods

Cookies

½
cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1
cup dark brown sugar, packed
½
cup honey
2
large eggs
1
tsp freshly grated orange zest
2 ¾
cup all purpose flour
1
tsp baking soda
1 ½
tsp exotic spice blend
1
cup raisins
1
cup chopped pitted dates
½
cup chopped dried apricots
¼
cup chopped walnut pieces
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Directions

Step 1

For spice blend, grind cinnamon stick in a spice mill (or coffee grinder used just for spices) or with a mortar and pestle. Add remaining spices and grind into a powder.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Step 3

Cream butter, brown sugar and honey until smooth. Add eggs and orange zest and beat well.

Step 4

In a separate bowl, combine 2 ½ cups flour, baking soda and spice blend. Stir into butter mixture to combine. Toss raisins, dates, apricots and walnuts with remaining ¼ cup flour and stir into cookie dough.

Step 5

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until slightly browned.

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