We’re not certain which we find more incredulous, the sheer brilliance behind these bacon fat gingersnaps or the fact that said brilliance was first shared with the world by a fashion reporter. Yup. New York Times fashion critic, Cathy Horyn, broke the story. As Horyn’s colleague, New York Times food writer Julia Moskin explains in the book CookFight, “The equivalent would be if I, a food writer, were also a sleek fashion plate with a deep bench of vintage and modern pieces.” Yet unlike a lot of that froufrou fashion, these cookies aren’t mere novelty. Nope. Not at all. “I feel they are the cookie equivalent of Paris Fashion Week—a modern, edgy take on a classic,” continues Moskin in the recipe’s headnote. “The cookies are truly remarkable, with a robust and smoky undertone that sets them apart from other gingersnaps.” Yup. What she said. The bacony goodness that follows is the recipe found in CookFight, which was adapted from a recipe that appears in the Trinity Episcopal Church Recipe Book (1982 edition) courtesy of a Ms. Nelle Branson.–Renee Schettler Rossi
LC Baking With Bacon Fat Note
Why, oh why, has it taken mankind this long to stumble upon baking with bacon fat as a means of repurposing ingredients? And we call ourselves civilized. (Just kidding. Sorta. I mean, we do realize that other cultures have relied on the use of bacon drippings as baking fat. We just wonder if any other recipe is as inspired as this one.)
Bacon Fat Gingersnaps Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 45 M
- Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies
- 3/4 cup bacon drippings (from 1 1/2 to 2 pounds bacon), at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for the work surface
- 1/4 cup molasses (not blackstrap) or cane syrup
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse just until a smooth, stiff dough forms. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours and up to 2 days.
- 2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- 3. Place about 1/4 cup sugar in a shallow bowl. Break off 1-tablespoon chunks of cookie dough and roll them into balls. Drop them in the sugar, roll to coat, and place them on the baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. If desired, gently flatten the dough.
- 4. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until dark brown. Let cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Nov 30, 2012
I admit I’m not a gingersnap kind of girl. For me, there are better cookies just waiting to be eaten. Until now. These were some of the best damn cookies I’ve ever had, gingersnap or not. Don’t let the bacon drippings scare you; they just add a slightly smoky and salty bite to an incredibly luscious cookie. I took them to a friend’s house tonight. His response, after he ate one bite, was “Good God, these are the best things I’ve ever eaten.” In light of my new love of gingersnaps, I’ve become a bacon-fat hoarder. I never know when the urge might strike. Soo-ee, here pig, pig, pig.
Nov 30, 2012
These cookies are some of the best gingersnaps we’ve ever enjoyed. They’re easy to make, although I’d add the dry ingredients to the food processor before adding the bacon fat and molasses. It’s fun to ask your friends what they think the secret ingredient is in the cookie. They’ll be amazed, then ask for another cookie. Plus, your dog will love you more than ever.
Nov 30, 2012
I’ve never been much of a baker, but these gingersnaps are extremely easy to make and have that gingery “bite” I love. Amazingly, none of us could taste the bacon fat, yet it worked amazingly well. I did use all-purpose gluten-free flour but I didn’t change any of the measurements in the recipe. tThey spread quite a bit, yet they were still a tad gooey in the middle. Yummm! If I had to choose between the aroma during baking and the taste while devouring them, I’m not certain which was better; all I know is that the cookies didn’t last long in this household.
Bacon Fat Gingersnaps Recipe © 2012 Kim Severson | Julia Moskin. Photo © 2012 Evan Sung. All rights reserved.