*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
 
                                  Hermits
 
 Recipe By     : Elizabeth Powell
 Serving Size  : 20   Preparation Time :2:00
 Categories    : Cookies
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1 1/4  cups          seedless raisins
    2 1/2  cups          all-purpose flour
      1/2  teaspoon      baking soda
    1      teaspoon      cream of tartar
      1/2  teaspoon      ground cloves
      1/2  teaspoon      cinnamon
      1/2  teaspoon      allspice
      1/2  teaspoon      ginger
      1/2  teaspoon      ground nutmeg
      1/2  cup           butter
    1      cup           sugar
      1/4  cup           milk
 
      Chop raisins finely in food processor with 1/4 cup flour.  Sift 2
      cups flour with soda, cream of tartar, and spices.  Cream butter
      with sugar.  Add dry ingredients alternately with milk until well
      blended.  Stir in raisins and enough additional flour, up to 3/4
      cup, to make a stiff dough.  Shape into two logs, about 1-1/2
      diameter.  Chill overnight or freeze.
       When ready to make, slice to desired thickness and bake at
       375-400 degrees until done (15-20 minutes). See NOTES.
 
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 Serving Ideas : Serving size = 2 to 4 cookies.
 
 NOTES : These are the best homemade “slice and serve” cookies. The
 dough freezes beautifully in logs that can be kept on hand for fresh
 cookies baked in minutes. They may be sliced thinly and baked quickly
 for elegant, crisp tea cookies, or sliced 1/4 or more thick and baked
 in a slower oven until just set for a rich, chewy, New England Hermit.