Orange Daffy Snaps

March 27, 2011
8 Ratings
  • Serves 3 doz cookies plus 4 more
Author Notes

OK I pretty much ripped this idea off from Amanda - her NYT cookbook has a recipe for Swedish Ginger Cookies that are made with bacon fat. I therefore felt that it was my moral obligation as a lifetime card carrying member of Team Duck Fat to make mine with ...... you guessed it! A few flavor/ingredient adjustments and here you have it - a cookie that is reminiscent of a holiday clove-studded orange, with the feel of a good old ginger snap. —aargersi

What You'll Need
  • 3/4 cup duck fat
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • zest from 2 small navel oranges
  1. Beat the duckfat and sugar together until it is very smooth - and fluffy 3-4 minutes on med-high speed. Add the egg, honey and orange zest from ONE orange and mix for another minute. Whisk the flour, salt, 5 spice and soda together, then beat them into the batter until it is evenly blended. Put the batter in the fridge to chill at least 30 minutes (I actually made mine the day before and baked it 24 hours later)
  2. Heat the oven to 350 and line your cookie sheets with parchment. Zest the other orange into the turbinado in a shallow dish (I use a cake pan) Scoop the cookie dough a teaspoon at a time, roll it in a ball, roll that in the sugar and place on the cookie sheet - 12 to a sheet. Press them a bit to slightly flatten.
  3. Bake the cookies for 13 minutes - keep an eye on them because I have a feeling my oven MAY run cool - they should be golden but not deep brown.
  4. Cool on a rack, then gobble.

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Recipe by: aargersi

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16 Reviews

judy November 22, 2015
I think I'll try these with butter--don't have any duck fat.
zieker April 26, 2011
I'm going to make a few people really jealous... I live across the street from aargersi and Mr. L. Seriously! I do. I know you all can figure out what that means, besides lots of great year round eating and drinking with close friends. It also means clandestine meetings in the middle of the street to exchange recently baked/cooked treats, books, plants, herbs, etc. Most recent handoff was a baggie containing 3 Daffy Snaps. If you think duck fat wouldn't work in cookies, think again!! I snarfed all 3 cookies before she could even get back inside her house! I am now an official member of Team Duck Fat!! YUM!!
gingerroot April 27, 2011
You are now officially the envy of all of aargersi's far away food52 me! Lol. Seriously, you are lucky!
gingerroot March 31, 2011
These sound daffy-licious!! Love the Chinese five spice and orange zest.
aargersi March 31, 2011
Thanks! I sent the remainder to work with Mr L - his bosses boss sidled over to the desk yesterday and said "hey you have any more of those duck cookies?" - the secret ingredient didn't deter them one bit!!!!
gingerroot April 2, 2011
I love it!
bethy March 28, 2011
No chance you'll ever go vegan - sounds like a delicious version of meat cookies!
aargersi March 31, 2011
heck no - not the slightest chance at all
Midge March 28, 2011
Oh Yum! Have to get myself some duck fat.
aargersi March 28, 2011
Oh yes, you should join TDF (Team Duck Fat) it really is magical ...
Sagegreen March 27, 2011
Wish we were there! Yum!
aargersi March 28, 2011
Time for another visit!!!
dymnyno March 27, 2011
This sounds like the perfect antidote to all the horseradish that I have ingested today! They sound delicious.
dymnyno March 27, 2011
Is that a swimming pool in the background?...temp? Make me jealous!
aargersi March 27, 2011
We put a heater in last year - the pool is 83! You need to get to Austin and play with us - cooking swimming drinking wine - it's all FUN!!!!
dymnyno March 27, 2011
We won't be in Texas until the last week of April. You will probably be cooling the pool down by then!