I have reached the the final chapter of the book which honors the favorite cookie from each decade starting from the 1880's. Hermit cookies were supposed to be commonly tucked into lunch pails and sea chests as kids and men left for work or school ( or the sea since she specifically mentioned sea chests!). The contain nutmeg and cinnamon so have a holiday taste to them. They were easy to make and easy to eat. Yummy with a cup of tea!