Hermit Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing, Dried Cherries and Crystallized Ginger

by Irvin on December 13, 2013 · 1 comment

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The classic New England spiced hermit cookies glazed with a brown sugar icing, crystallized ginger and dried cherries.

Hermit Cookies with brown sugar icing, dried cherries and crystallized ginger. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

I walked into 18 Reasons and there were already had three or four plates of cookies out. I had come 10 minutes early because I was the co-host, but apparently people take their cookie swaps seriously. People had brought their own cake platters, signage and their beautiful cookies and I was apparently late. Hopefully my hermit cookies with dried tart cherries and crystallized ginger would stand up to the competition! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Hermits Cookies with brown sugar icing, crystallized ginger and dried tart cherries. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

The early birds had set out candy cane chocolate wafer sandwich cookies, cranberry pistachios cookies Tonga Room Coconut Truffles (named after the infamous Tonga Room here in San Francisco) as well as Golden Gate Gingerettes. Someone had even brought a stack of wooden spoons ribbon tied with candy canes and holiday bells for the cookie swap folks! The competition was fierce. And I say that in a completely non-drag queen sort of way.

Pistachio Cranberry cookies and Tonga Room Coconut Truffles. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Golden Gate Gingerettes and Tonga Room Coconut Truffles. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Adorable holiday wooden spoons at the 18 Reasons Cookie Swap. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Candy Cane Chocolate Wafer Sandwich Cookies. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

But I should have known people would bring their A-Game. The 18 Reasons Holiday Cookie Swap was always a popular event. Soon people were showing up with classic sugar cookie with sprinkles, ginger chocolate molasses and a hint of cardamom cookies, brown butter pistachio cookies and brown butter pecan oatmeal chocolate chip with sea salt cookies. The tables were groaning with cookie platters.

Classic sugar cookies with sprinkles. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Brown Butter Pistachio cookies and Five Spice Biscotti. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Brown butter pecan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Ginger chocolate molasses with hint of cardamom cookies. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

I was taken with the cardamom coffee crisps and the Hungarian butterhorns immediately. In fact, I think I might have to figure out how to make those butterhorns at home. I mean it’s a horn made of butter. How hard can that be to make? The chocolate sugar cookies with truffle salt went FAST at the table and everyone seemed intrigued by the persimmon pfeffernusse. Baked mochi snuck into the party on the sly, not quite a cookie but it totally looked like one.

Cardamom coffee crisps and persimmon pfeffernusse. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Chocolate sugar cookies with truffle salt. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Cardamom coffee crisps and persimmon pfeffernusse. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com
Baked Mochi. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

My hermit cookies seem pretty popular with people telling me they reminded me of something they ate as a child. I’m just going to tell myself that was a compliment. And just as we were packing up, my friend Barbara showed up with a huge tin of chocolate chip peppermint chip cookies. We sort of gorged ourselves on those before walking home with a stack of assorted cookies. Because that’s exactly what I need in our house. More cookies.

The 18 Reasons Cookie Swap was a success! Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

The table of cookies, after they had been decimated. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons is the non-profit arm of BiRite Market, a local grocery store based here in San Francisco. For more information, please visit the 18 Reasons website.

Hermit cookies by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

If you like these hermit cookies, check out these other cookies from around the web with dried cherries in them!
Chocolate Moosey’s Bacon and Dried Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
What’s Gaby Cooking’s Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cookies
Nutmeg Nanny’s Orange Cherry Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
Foodness Gracious’ White Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Ari’s Menu’s Oatmeal Cherry Dark Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

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Nutmeg Nanny December 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

These look awesome! I’m pretty much in love with anything that has ginger, molasses and cloves in the ingredients :) Thank you for linking to my site as well!

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