If you give a mouse a cookie….  If you get a new cookie jar, you have to bake fresh cookies.   Cookies are my weakness.   We bake cookies with organic ingredients and coconut oil to make them a wee bit healthier, but they are still a special treat.   Probably because we eat them too fast.    My grandmother made the best chocolate chip cookies ever!  They had this wonderful cake consistency but were a cookie.  Her special ingredient was bacon grease.  Yes, you read that right.  She kept a coffee tin in the refrigerator with bacon grease in it.   I’m going to give you my chocolate chip cookie recipe and feel free to substitute the coconut oil with bacon grease.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon (or without)

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon (or without)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bacon grease, or 1 cup butter, or 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup bacon pieces optional

Instructions

  1. 1. In a bowl mix the bacon grease,( or butter or coconut oil), and brown sugar together, scraping bowl often to combine.
  2. 2. Add eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt -- hand or electric mix to combine.
  3. 3. Add flour and stir to incorporate -- scraping bottom of bowl to ensure all the flour is mixed together.
  4. 4. Add chocolate chips, then stir again. Let dough rest for a half hour.
  5. 5. Scoop spoon-sized balls of dough onto baking sheets.
  6. 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. The texture is different with the bacon grease and you will have to flatten them with a fork, similar to a peanut butter cookie.
  7. 7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack until you are ready to eat them.
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