Soft and spicy, these cookies are great to send to family or friends.
25 min.prep time
4 1/2 dozen cookies
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
Place brown sugar and butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and sour cream. Beat until well mixed. Stir in gumdrops and walnuts.
Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 13 to 18 minutes or until edges are browned..
Hermits are old-fashioned New England spice cookies. Here they get extra spice from the cut gumdrops in the batter. Their pleasantly moist texture comes from the brown sugar and sour cream. This makes them good shippers and the gumdrops make an enjoyable, chewy addition. Once tasted, they won't hide away like true hermits for long and are sure to please both children and adults.
Cut gumdrops with scissors dipped in cold water.
If cookies spread too much during baking, refrigerate dough until firm (1 hour).