Last night I was feeling all “bakey” (if that’s a feeling). So I whipped up a nice little batch of these. They are
Heaven on a Plate Smokey Bacon Ginger Cookies. WHAT? you say… Bacon in a cookie?? Damn right!
It was soooo hard not to snack on the bacon while cooking. The recipe calls for 6 slices- I would ADD MORE…
During baking these things smell so heavenly I would suggest a glass of wine or shot of whiskey to hold you over.
I used this recipe from The Busty Baker . Mine however did not turn out as pretty as hers, but who cares they didn’t last long.
Here’s a copy:
6 slices cooked bacon, torn or cut into 1/4-inch pieces*
¼ cup bacon fat (reserved from cooking)
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup molasses
½ cup raw sugar, such as turbinado (or more granulated sugar)
Smoked sea salt, for sprinkling
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt together to combine.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in bacon fat. Add egg and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add molasses and mix until blended. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, a little at a time, beating until just combined. Mix in bacon pieces.
4. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, roll dough into balls. Roll balls in raw sugar (or granulated sugar) and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Flatten balls slightly with the bottom of a glass or the palm of your hand and sprinkle tops with a few flakes of sea salt. Bake, rotating halfway through, until lightly browned and the tops are cracked, about 8 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
I’m totally making these for Santa this year. I think he will love me for it 🙂
(crappy iphone photos via me)