Pumpkin Hermit Bars

I like hermit bars.

I hadn’t thought that in only three months time I had adjusted so deeply to the schedule I was on when Mid was home all week. But now that he’s back at work, I’m fighting brain fog all morning trying to get the gears going. Flavor text? What’s flavor text?

Hermit bars are like the love child between a blondie and a gingerbread cookie. Spiced and slightly sweet, they’re normally full of nuts, fruits, and sometimes chocolate. I used to love them growing up-it wasn’t until I was an adult that I found out that they’re considered ‘old fashioned’ and frankly, hard to find.

I haven’t made hermits in close to a decade but I have been thinking about them off and on for months now. With fall here, I decided it was time to go ahead and make a particularly seasonally appropriate batch.

Adapted from the Fanny Farmer Baking Book

Pumpkin Hermit Bars

1 3/4 cup unbleached flour

1 cup raw sugar

1/2 table molasses

1/3 cup pumpkin butter

1 table olive oil

1 tea pumpkin spice

1/2 tea baking soda

1/2 tea salt

1 egg

1/4 cup water (plus extra reserved)

add ins (Use what you would like, as much as you would like)

1 cup each-

dried cranberries


walnuts, chopped

chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 375

To a large bowl, add the pumpkin, oil, water, and sugar. Mix together.

Add the dry ingredients, up to the add-ins, and mix. If dough is too stiff, add a little of the reserved water until the dough is damp enough.

Add the add-ins and mix.

Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper, and press into pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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Please, stop by this week’s Inspired Weekends!

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memories by the mile

mom’s test kitchen

miz helen’s


adorned from above

ginger snap crafts

family home and life

lambert’s lately

posed perfection

practically functional

lil suburban homestead



  1. Your Pumpkin Hermit Bars look wonderful, great for the season! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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