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  1. Marianne Pinkham says:

    I just enjoyed making a batch of Jordan March blueberry muffins.

    Do youn happen to have or did you get the original Gilcrest’s recipe for Almond Macaroons before the store closed. Another memory of growing up and visiting my grandfather and aunt at their Boston home.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Larry Murray says:

    Oops. I made the hermits but after 15 minutes they are soft dough.
    Did I miss something?


    1. Maybe leave them in for a few more minutes. They should get the cracking like in the picture. Maybe your climate, oven, or altitude could affect the baking times.

  3. These were delicious! Just like I remember them from my childhood in MA. I made mine too thick, which is fine, but it might be nice if the recipe specified about how thick to roll out the dough log.

    1. I have to make some for my Mum soon, I’ll make sure to measure when I roll it out and update.

  4. Cherry Swartz says:

    Love these bars, I added extra ginger because I love the spice. I used my baguette pans for the logs and it was perfect.

    1. Jennifer Howard says:

      That’s such a clever idea!! I love anything gingery too! Enjoy!

  5. I grew up in MA and Hermit Bars were always in Market Basket around the holiday season. I moved out to Colorado about 14 years ago for pastry school and fell in love with this state. I stayed, and now have a little family of my own. Oh, but I have missed Hermit Bars in my life!!! I’ve tried a few recipes before and none of them came out right, until now! I’m making 3 batches of these for my family who moved out here after me do we can all have a little piece of New England here with us this Christmas season. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe and striking that nostalgia cord for me. Now I just have to convince the grocery stores out here to start carrying/making them too!

    1. Jennifer Howard says:

      You can’t beat Market Basket!!! I have the smallest one down the street from my house!! Reading this made my heart happy! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  6. Leslie Watkins says:

    Oh, my goodness! I have never heard or seen anything like these! On my list of things to make… Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jennifer Howard says:

      They are a family favorite!!

  7. I love your Boston accent btw! I haven’t heard of these but they look and so so yummy. I will get my 12 year old to make them for me or better yet, I’ll bring you an affogato if you bring me some of these. Merry Christmas!

  8. These are new to me… I am so glad you introduced me to them, friend!
    They look YUMMY!! Cannot wait to try them.

    It is a joy being on this hop with you, and grateful for you.


  9. These look and sound yummy! I’ll have to bring this recipe to all my Mitten folk!

  10. I’ve never heard of hermit bars before, but they look delish! I think I need to start making these ASAP! Thank you for sharing, friend!

  11. I just love how you shared something from where you are from! What a fun recipe! It looks so tasty too!! Loved being on this hop with you my friend!
    XOXO – Pasha

  12. These look so delicious and pretty too! I love all of the spices this time of the year. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. Merry Christmas!

  13. Jennifer, I’ve never heard of hermit bars, but they sound delicious based on your photos and the ingredients! I love learning about new recipes from other parts of the country. New England is one of my favorite regions to visit, by the way! I lived there a few years too. Definitely going to try these bars!