Country Store Hermit Bars

By Mr. Food

Country Store Hermit Bars

Ingredients

Chewy, sweet, and wholesome, our homemade Country Store Hermit Bars make for a super-satisfying snack. Packing the old-time taste of a “Mom and Pop” country store, they bake up in a snap without leaving home.

Makes: 24 bars

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cooking Time: 15 min

 
 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10- x 15-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Blend in eggs.
     
  3. On low speed, beat in water, then baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Gradually mix in flour, about a third at a time. Stir in remaining ingredients. Place batter in prepared baking sheet.
     
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until firm. Remove pan to a wire rack to cool. When cool, cut into bars.

 

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