Today is a good day for hermits in more ways then one. The blowing snow we went to bed with last night turned to rain as we slept and left a slushy mess on our doorstep this morning. After watching numerous cars slide down our street I decided it would be a good day to stay put indoors.
I will never shun a chocolate chip cookie but I much prefer a “healthy” cookie made with whole wheat flour and spices. Today as I was milling over the index of cookies in the Joy of Cooking it dawned on me that what I was really looking for was posted on the refrigerator. Nanny’s Hermits, ah perfect!
1/2 c. butter
1 c. packed brown sugar
blend until light and fluffy, beat in:
1/2 c. yogurt (or sour cream or butter milk)
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. wheat germ
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. baking soda
mix into butter mixture and stir in:
1/2 c. raisins, candied fruit
1/4 c. chopped nuts
zest of 1 lemon
drop onto cookie sheet and bake for 15 min.
Makes 2 dozen.
I used 1/2 the amount of sugar, added a sprinkling of ginger and used raisins, dried cranberries and chopped dried apricots. I omitted the nuts so Frances could try some. I’m not so crazy about a lot of clove so if I remember the next time I make them I will cut that in half.
Frances turned 15 months old on Saturday. She is so wonderful and amazing and I just love her to bits! Josh and I are having SO MUCH fun with her as she is growing into such a good little person.