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Hermit Cookies

These chewy cookies are packed with whole grains, walnuts, and dates, and a lot less sugar than typical cookies!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee (can use decaf or substitute almond milk)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a light-colored baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Stir dates and nuts into flour mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter with brown sugar, egg, and cooled coffee.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until well-combined. Refrigerate dough for 10-20 minutes.
  • Once dough is slightly chilled (it only needs to be chilled enough to handle) roll it into balls about the size of a tablespoon, or slightly larger. Place twelve balls on the baking sheet two inches apart, and use your fingers to flatten them slightly.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through and just starting to brown on top.
  • Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and continue rolling balls until all the dough is used up.