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Bacon-Fat Gingersnaps

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup bacon fat (from 1 1/2 to 2 pounds bacon), at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar plus 1 cup for rolling
  • 1/4 cup molasses (not blackstrap) or cane syrup, such as Steen's or Lyle's
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups AP Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely diced crystallized ginger

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until a smooth, stiff dough forms.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Put the 1/4 cup sugar in a shallow bowl. Breaking off 1-tablespoon lumps, roll the dough into balls, drop into the sugar, roll to coat, and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are dark brown. Let cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.