Hermit Bars

Hermit Bars
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
24 bars


  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with the nonstick spray. Line the pan with a piece of parchment, leaving an overhang on two sides; spray the parchment with the nonstick spray.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.

  3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then the molasses. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Mix in the raisins and walnuts.

  4. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, 30 to 35 minutes.

  5. Cool completely in the pan. Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan, transfer to a cutting board, and cut into 24 squares. Note: Total Time includes cooling time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
8g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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