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Five ginger bacon grease cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet

Bacon Fat Ginger Cookies with Fresh Ginger

Eliza Cross
These old-fashioned ginger cookies feature fresh ginger, crystallized ginger, spices, butter, bacon grease, and sparkling sugar, all in one soft, chewy cookie!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 32 mins
Course Bacon Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 96 kcal


  • 1 Vegetable peeler
  • 1 Box grater
  • 1 Measuring cup
  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 silicone spatula
  • 1 baking sheet
  • parchment paper


  • 1 1- inch by 2-inch piece fresh ginger peeled and finely grated
  • 7 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/4 cup rendered strained bacon grease, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses or substitute regular molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • crystal sugar or granulated sugar for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, squeeze the juice from the grated?ginger and compost or discard fibers. Add the butter, bacon grease, brown sugar, egg and molasses and stir until well blended.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and stir until well blended. Sprinkle with the chopped crystallized ginger and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Roll in balls using a dining teaspoon. Roll in crystal sugar or granulated sugar and arrange on the prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake until just starting to brown around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store cookies in a covered container in the refrigerator. They taste best if they're eaten within 5 days. Makes about 3 dozen.


Serving: 1gCalories: 96kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 124mgSugar: 9g
Keyword bacon fat, bacon grease, bacon grease cookies, cookies, ginger cookies
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