December 18, 2016 Kimberlie


Bacon Fat Gingersnaps. The Finer Cookie.

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps snap with spicy ginger and clove, crackle with smoke and pop with molasses. Using bacon fat instead of butter sounds risky, but these knockouts are among the Beauties of the Year. For the richest flavors, buy the highest quality bacon available -- your stomach will rejoice. Leave your snappy and crackling comments below.

Thank you Julia Moskin of NYT Cooking for this expert recipe. See Julia's original post.

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  • Makes (26-28) 2 inch cookies
  • ¾ cup/150 grams rendered bacon fat (from cooking 2 or 2½ pounds high quality bacon), chilled
  • 1 cup/200 grams white sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • ¼ cup/85 grams molasses or cane syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups/250 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons/8 grams kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons/10 grams baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons/10 grams ground ginger or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon/3 grams ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon/3 grams ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Set the oven rack in the upper third of the oven.
  • Line a baking tray with a liner or parchment paper.
  • Separate the bacon slices on the tray.
  • Place in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Pour the existing bacon fat into a measuring cup and separate the slices of bacon, removing the slices that are very crispy or leaving the fatty slices on the tray.
  • Return the tray to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Continue to pour off the fat and remove the crispy pieces until all the fat is rendered.
  • Strain the bacon fat through a fine sieve.
  • Pour ¾ cup of bacon fat and set aside. Let the fat sit on the counter at room temperature or in the fridge until solid.
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    Crispy bacon with the rendered fat.

  • Reserve remaining bacon fat for other purposes.


  • Measure into the bowl of the food processor, add bacon fat, sugar, molasses, egg, flour, salt, baking soda, ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon.
  • See How to Weigh and Measure for more details.
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    Weighing molasses, egg and sugar in the food processor.

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    Bacon fat after it’s cooled and no longer liquid.


  • Pulse all the ingredients together until a smooth batter forms.
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    Creating a smooth cookie dough in the food processor.

  • Transfer the dough into a smaller bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Set in the fridge for 2 hours or up to one week.


  • Preheat the oven 350ºF.
  • Set the racks in the lower third and upper third of the oven.
  • Pour a thick layer of granulated sugar on a plate.
  • Measure 1 ounce/28 grams hunks of dough or scoop 1 tablespoon at a time.
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    Hunks of cookie dough, about 1 ounce each or 1 tablespoon.

  • Roll the dough into round balls, then roll the cookie balls into the granulated white sugar.
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    Rolling the cookies in granulated sugar.

  • Set the round cookies on a tray about 2 inches apart. The cookies will spread.


  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350ºF.
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    Baking the Bacon Fat Gingersnaps. The oven shot.

  • The cookies are done when they’ve flattened out a bit and firm just firm to the touch.
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    Gingersnaps are out of the oven.

  • As they cool, they will firm up and become crunchy.
  • Cool completely on a rack, then store in an air tight container.
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    Bacon Fat Gingersnaps, The Finer Cookie.


  1. Those sound absolutely intriguing. Now I know what to do with the bacon fat I am always so reluctant to throw away!

  2. Bill V 4 months ago

    Everything is better with bacon

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Right you are Billy.

  3. I know some people get scared of bacon fat (and of course it isn’t the healthiest ingredient) but OH BOY does it taste good in desserts! I used it in maple doughnuts and it was delicious. Mixing bacon and ginger would be a delicious flavour combo too. Great post, Kimberlie (and nice meeting you at the conference)!

  4. Kimberlie Robert 4 months ago

    You know Cassie, fat is fat whether it’s butter, olive oil, chicken fat or bacon fat. My mother tells me as a child, they never wasted anything. She said her mother spread chicken fat on toast. One of my good friends renders duck fat and spreads it on toast. There’s so much flavour in different fats. With ginger and molasses, bacon fat works perfectly. I hope you try them.

    It was so nice to meet you as well. Hopefully, I’ll see you in 2017.


  5. Janna, 4 months ago

    OK! I just made these and they are SO good! They melted and got thin and chewy but crunchy like on the picture 🙂 The bacon taste is definately there, so it is a bit adventurous. Verdict: Readers, go and try them!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Janna! Thanks for this message. I LOVE when visitors make cookies they find on my site. I saw your cookies in the oven on Instagram. I had to laugh. For me, these are so tasty, they’ve made my 2016 Christmas Cookie Basket. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm.

  6. Janna, 4 months ago

    Wow! I’ve been waiting for this recipe and I didn’t even know it! We raised our own pork and the bacon is really FAT! I felt so bad throwing it out but could only fry so many potatoes in it… I’m going to try this right NOW! Thanks 🙂

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      You get me excited by your enthusiasm. YES! Try them. You’ll love them. I promise.

  7. Colleen Milne 4 months ago

    I’m so excited to see this recipe because it’s almost exactly the one my Mom used to make when I was a child. I’ve never seen them since, until now. This makes me nostalgic because they were absolutely yummy, as I know these will be. Will be making them for sure. Thanks!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Hi Colleen, happy to provide this recipe. Your story hits home. Food is so much about associations and memories. The bacon fat acts like shortening and it’s so delicious in a cookie like this. Thanks so much for your message.

  8. Meaghan 4 months ago

    Oh wow! What an adventurous cookie 🙂 Love it! Would be so happy to receive these as a treat gift!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Hi Meaghan, This cookie is truly adventurous. They are so delicious, they’ve have made my 2016 cookie basket. So there’ll be a few pp receiving these cookies as gifts. Thanks for your message.

  9. Arlene 4 months ago

    What a find! This recipe is quite an adventurous culinary expedition. Can’t wait to explore the flavour notes in this cookie.

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks Arlene. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them. Hopefully you’ll bake them soon.

  10. oh yum!!! Can’t wait to try these!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks Hilary. Let me know if you try them. No doubt, you’ll like them.

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