There's WHAT in this cookie?
So I'm putting this out there now. If you're a vegetarian, devote Muslim, Jew, or Seventh Day Adventist....or if you just don't like/eat swine this recipe is not for you. If you're not open minded or adventurous in your eating you might want to join the non-pig eaters. Go to the next entry. It'll be better.
Okay. Are we alone?
Now let's discuss BACON FAT.
In my house growing up, and even now as an adult, having a coffee cup of rendered bacon grease in the refrigerator. It's something my German great grandmother taught my grandmother, who taught my mother, who has taught me.
For the longest time it grossed me out beyond belief! The cholesterol... the fat.... cooking with grease! Yuck! But the thing is we don't use it that often or in that much food. To help brown pork chops and the pork roasts. But the one area that we use it in - that often makes people gag unless you too had a German grandparent - we use it in Molasses Cookies!
It's an old German recipe (or so says my family) - using the bacon grease in place of butter or some other shortening. I've tried them without the bacon fat and it's just not the same. So today when The Stir had a chocolate chip recipe using bacon fat I was intrigued. It's too warm for baking but as soon as it cools down I'll be trying this recipe out.
Chocolate Chip Cookies With Bacon Fat
from Chef Ross Sveback
from Chef Ross Sveback
1/2 cup rendered bacon grease
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. maple flavoring
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Sea salt for sprinkling on top (optional)
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream bacon grease, butter, and brown sugar together, scraping bowl if necessary to combine.
2. Add eggs, vanilla bean paste or extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt -- mix on medium low to combine.
3. Add flour and stir to incorporate -- scraping bottom of bowl to ensure all the flour is mixed together.
4. Add chocolate chips and nuts, then stir again. Let dough rest for a half hour.
5. Scoop spoon-sized balls of dough onto baking sheets.
6. Bake for 16 minutes at 350, turning pans or rotating them bottom to top if necessary depending on your oven halfway through the baking time.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack until you are ready to eat them.