Bacon Fat Tuesday

I’m reading a very intriguing book. Though I’m not yet ready to discuss it, I am ready to bake cookies. And because today is “Fat Tuesday” or “Shrove Tuesday” or “Bursting Day” depending on your heritage and culture, I thought it appropriate to make a very unique recipe from this book.

Historically, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday was a day of celebration and gluttony. People would try to get their fill of meats and other foods they were determined to give up during the 40-day Lenten season. Don’t worry — this recipe does not call for you to inject lard into your veins or eat a stick of butter. And it doesn’t call for cooking oil or Crisco, either …

Bacon Fat Spice Cookies

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup bacon fat (drippings)
2 tablespoons molasses
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and spices in a food processor and pulse to mix. Add bacon fat, molasses and egg.

Pulse until the mixture forms a soft dough.

Take level tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart. Using a fork, flatten the balls slightly. Sprinkle them with remaining tablespoon of sugar.

Bake cookies until they are beginning to brown around the edges, 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheets and then transfer to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Try ’em. You might like ’em!

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