2013 cookie swap: Sharon's ginger cookies
- 1/2 cup melted and strained smoked bacon fat
- 1 cup sugar (plus extra for rolling dough balls)
- 4 tbs dark molasses
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsps baking soda
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper (or more if you like black pepper!)
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 Using an electric mixer, cream together strained smoked bacon fat and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg. Add remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.
3 Shape dough into walnut-size balls, roll in sugar, and flatten with the bottom of a drinking glass and place on ungreased baking sheets.
4 Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and cracked on top.
5 Cool on wire racks.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.