Depression (or Recession) Era Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe was given to me by my dear friend, Tom. This was his Grandmother Nellie's Oatmeal Cookie recipe that calls for bacon drippings rather than butter. I keep my bacon drippings in a mason jar in the fridge.  If you don't save your bacon drippings, or you don't want to use them, here's a link to my favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipes that uses butter.  See! Everyone wins.

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup  bacon drippings at room temperature

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups flour

4 pieces of bacon, fried and chopped (optional)

6 oz. of chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the white sugar, brown sugar, egg and bacon drippings. Add the oats, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, flour  and mix well.  If you like, then gently fold in the bacon and chocolate chips.

Using your hands shape the dough into 1 1/2" to 2" cookies. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for ten minutes or until done.