Marshall Field’s Hermit Cookies with Mocha Frosting

Marshall Fields

Makes: 4 dozen

All thanks and credit to for this 1948 recipe for 3 ½-inch, nut-studded molasses cookie was spread with mocha frosting.

1 t. baking soda
3 T buttermilk
2 sticks (1 c.) butter
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. molasses
4 c. cake flour
1 t. each: nutmeg, cinnamon, salt
1/2 t. ground cloves
1 c. nuts, chopped
1/2 c. each: currants, raisins

Mocha icing:
5 T. butter
3 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 T. Dutch process cocoa
1/8 t. salt
5 T. hot coffee

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Dissolve soda in buttermilk; set aside. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture, then molasses and buttermilk mixture; beat well.

Sift together flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and cloves. Mix dry ingredients to wet mixture. Mix in nuts, currants and raisins. Drop dough by heaping tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 min. per batch. Cool.

Frosting: Cream butter, gradually adding confectioners’ sugar, cocoa and salt. Add hot coffee. Beat until creamy. Spread thin coating of mocha icing on hermits.


Lemony Crisps, by Pillsbury

These cookies are absolutely stand-out, look like they came from a bakery and will pass the test at cocktail parties. And, while most recipes posted here start from scratch, this is THE exception.  It comes from the side of a Pillsbury Moist Supreme Lemon Cake Mix box, and is made in easy moments. I do not even frost these cookies!

If made for kids lunches, you’ll need a half-hour in the morning. (But wrap in brown paper, or cool before wrapping in plastic.) When I pack these for my boys, their friends ask if they can be adopted!

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Original 1930s Girl Scout Trefoil Cookies, Omar Baking Company


This is the authentic recipe for the original 1930s trefoils sold by the Girl Scouts.  It is also the recipe used by the old Omar Baking Co. in Milwaukee, which was one of the first commercial suppliers of Girl Scout cookies. The recipe appeared in the Milwaukee Journal in 1993.

Omar Baking Co. Girl Scout Cookies
1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
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