For the last few weeks my husband allowed me to play his hunter character on Destiny 2. I don’t really know how to play first person shooters so this was a fun learning experience for me. I found this story to be pretty ironic, much the same way as I feel about Hermits.
In Destiny 2, you are an elite soldier called a Guardian. Guardians are different from other people because they possess light, which gives them the ability to respawn (come back from the dead). Then an alien race attacks and everyone loses their light (including you). Then you miraculously get yours back and all the other guardians have to sit back and watch you be a badass because you can respawn, nanny nanny boo boo.
Hermits are just like many other drop cookies in the 1964 Encyclopedic Cookbook by the Culinary Arts Institute – a nuts and raisins kind of cookie. And I should follow the recipe to a tee because as it says in the book, “Some like them frosted, some like them plain, but everybody likes them with fruits and nuts.” Hmmm.
I think if the Destiny 2 story was true, all the other guardians would have a lot of pissed off energy and no where to put it. They would all hate you because you can respawn but they can’t try to kill you or anything because you can respawn and they would just die.
So when I saw Hermits were another, “everybody likes them with fruits and nuts!” recipe, I wasn’t going to bake the same cookie that I baked a few times before. I was going to change the main flavor ingredients and make something different – a cranberry and coconut cookie instead.
Like many of the cookies in this cookbook, Hermits are a soft, caky tasting cookie.
1) 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2) 2 cups brown sugar
3) 2 eggs, beaten
4) 4 1/2 cups cake flour
5) 1 teaspoon baking powder
6) 1 teaspoon salt
7) 1 teaspoon baking soda
8) 1 teaspoon cinnamon
9) 1/2 teaspoon allspice
10) 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
11) 1 cup dried cranberries
12) 1 cup milk
Preparation and Baking
1) Turn oven to 350 degrees.
2) Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
3) Beat the eggs in a smaller mixing bowl.
4) Add the milk to the beaten eggs.
5) Add the salt to the large mixing bowl (butter/sugar mixture). Mix well.
6) Add a little bit of the milk/egg mixture to the large mixing bowl.
7) Add the baking soda to the large mixing bowl. Mix well.
8) Add a little more of the milk/egg mixture to the large mixing bowl.
9) Add the baking powder to the large mixing bowl. Mix well.
10) Add a little more of the milk/egg mixture to the large mixing bowl.
11) Add the cinnamon and all spice to the large mixing bowl. Mix well.
12) Add the remainder of the milk/egg mixture to the large mixing bowl.
13) Add the flour to the large mixing bowl. Mix well.
14) Add the coconut flakes and dried cranberries. Mix well.
15) Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
16) Take a teaspoon of dough and drop onto the baking sheet. The baking sheet should hold about 12 cookies.
17) Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
Please note – these cookies will last about 5 days max.