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Chewy Hermit Bars
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4.56 from 9 votes

Chewy Hermit Bars

A New England classic, these Chewy Hermit Bars are the perfect dessert to bake this holiday season. Similar to a blondie bar texture, these bars have a warm, spicy, sweet taste similar to that of gingerbread.
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time36 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hermit Bar, Hermit Bars
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 358.5cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $4


  • stand mixer
  • 9 x 9 casserole dish


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground clove if you use extract use 4 drops only
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter unsalted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 3/4 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees f.
  • Line a 9 x 9 Pyrex with parchment paper with at least a 2" overhang for easy removal.
  • Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray.
  • In a stand mixer add softened butter, and brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add in the egg, and molasses.
  • Once they are combined, add in the flour, spices, and baking soda.
  • Mix until combined at medium speed. The dough will be very sticky.
  • Once combined, fold in the raisins by hand.
  • Spray a rubber spatula with nonstick spray before spreading dough into the parchment-lined Pyrex.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean. Keep in mind these are moist and chewy so will have a slightly wet appearance despite being fully-baked.


Nutritional values my differ and are meant to be a guide. 
These store well for up to 1 week according to my family. I have never tried this and already am out of bars! They did not last long at all!


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 358.5cal | Carbohydrates: 62.36g | Protein: 4.16g | Fat: 11.18g | Saturated Fat: 6.73g | Cholesterol: 50.43mg | Sodium: 299.77mg | Potassium: 312.06mg | Fiber: 1.87g | Sugar: 30.84g | Vitamin A: 347.78IU | Vitamin C: 0.65mg | Calcium: 58.31mg | Iron: 2.45mg