Though this Providence bakery is known for its coconut custard pies, Italian Christmas cookies and cupcakes, those in the know ask for the hermit cookies. Owner Sal DeLuise says “old-timers came up with it,” and that frugal times inspired a cookie that re-used other doughs in the kitchen. “It’s a conglomerate of many different pastries, blended together with eggs, sugar, flour, and molasses.” Cut up into large rectangles, they’re aromatic and sweet, and iconic of the Ocean State.
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