I made these in a pan so they're really hermit bars, but to make them as cookies simply drop them onto a cookie sheet instead.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup of raisins, nuts, cranberries, or some combination
preheat oven to 350 F
Step 2: Mix It Up
In another bowl, use a mixer to beat the butter and sugar together. Then beat in the egg and molasses.
Add the flour mix in increments to the second bowl, beating it together until it's just combined.
Stir in the extra ingredients such as raisins, nuts, or cranberries.
Step 3: Spread
Spread the dough evenly across the pan with a spatula.
If you want to make hermit cookies, instead of bars, place balls of dough onto a buttered cookie sheet instead.
Step 4: Bake!
I've heard that the hermit cookies are named as such because they do better with a little time alone to let the flavors settle. Someday I'll let that happen and see if it's true, but these are generally gone within a day.