Bacon Oatmeal Cookies

20th May 2011, in Baking, Burnaby, Food History, Meat, North Shore, Recipes, Tri-Cities, USE IT (0 Comments)

Bacon seems to be the flavour right now – bacon and caramel donuts, bacon microwave popcorn, bacon jam, bacon cocktails. I even have a bacon haiku on my computer, courtesy of my daughter. My nephew told me bacon is the gateway meat for vegetarians.

mac and no cheddar
is like eggs without bacon
bacon is da bomb

I figured it was time to try my grandmother’s bacon oatmeal cookie recipe again.

You can read the longer story on my other blog where I write about Canadian food memories and where there’s a picture of my grandmother.

She didn’t call them bacon oatmeal cookies. She called them, appropriately, rolled oat cookies because that’s what they are. She simply used bacon fat instead of butter because that’s what she had.

So get saving. You need a clean tin can (a tomato paste tin is good) to pour the bacon fat into. When you’ve saved up 1 cup (½ c if halving the recipe) you’re ready to roll.

Grocery store bacon is fine but better bacon makes better cookies, more smoky. Here are my sources but any real butcher will have:

Rocky’s, Jolly Meats  N. Van 604-929-7937 / The British Butcher,  N. Van & Coquitlam  604-985-2444 / European Butcher Boy,  Burnaby  604-522-4941

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Bacon Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup bacon fat, creamed
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c. raisins (cut is best)
  • 3 c. rolled oats (quick cooking; 1/2 cup less oats for moister cookie)

Cream cold fat, mix in sugar. Add in eggs and cream until fluffy (if fat gets too soft, place in fridge for 10 min.).

Mix together flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir  thoroughly into sugar mixture.

Mix in oats and raisins. It’s a stiff dough.

Using a dessert spoon, drop onto cookie sheets 1″ apart. Flatten with a fork (dipped in water each time to prevent sticking). If too crumbly, shape into rough balls with your hands, then press.

Bake 325F for 8-10 min. Cool on rack.

Bacon Oatmeal Cookies

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