Food & Drink

Great Grandma Groler's Hermits

Holiday scents for many include the sweet smell of cookies baking in the oven. Bellingham Herald readers share these recipes and the family memories that go along with them.


Nancy Campbell of Bellingham shares this family recipe.


11/2 cups light brown sugar

2/3 cups shortening

2 eggs beaten well

1 cup raisins

2 teaspoons milk

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 teaspoon nutmeg

21/2 cups shifted flour


Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Beat eggs well, add the sugar and shortening and mix well.

Add remaining ingredients, mix thoroughly.

Lightly flour a pastry cloth and rolling pin.

Divide mixture in half and roll dough into a large circle.

Cut in irregular pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Cool on wire racks.

Makes 3-4 dozen.