I actually have no idea when I first heard of hermit cookies. I’m not even sure I have tasted them before making this batch, so I can’t vouch for their authenticity (but I can vouch for their deliciousness). From what I have read, hermit cookies are characterized by the spices and dried fruit that are included in the cookie, reminding me very much of these scones, which I can’t get enough of. When I think of hermit cookies, I always imagine a little hermit-like creature snuggled away somewhere in a snow-blanketed, enchanted forest eating these warming cookies. However, take note that there is absolutely no indication that this image has anything to do with the name of the cookie. It’s just my imagination running wild.
I have recently found a lot of joy in drinking a mugful of something steaming hot and delicious. It’s almost always tea, sometimes hot chocolate, and even more rarely apple cider. In fact, I think that the one and only time I made apple cider was late last spring, when we got caught in a freezing cold rain storm wearing nothing more than shorts and a tank top. I got home, drenched, chilled to the bone, and all I wanted was a nice, spicy, hot mug of cider (which at the time was odd, how do you suddenly start craving something that you never consume?).