Intro: Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies
If you've ever found yourself asking "How can I get more bacon into my life?", this recipe is perfect for you.
I first got this idea when I saw the cookies on an episode of Ace of Cakes. I found a few other recipes online, but I decided to use my favorite chocolate chip recipe, and add bacon.
This recipe yields about 24 cookies.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/8 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of chocolate chips
1/2-1 cup of bacon (I used 6 slices and got a little more than half a cup)
hailsteve suggests adding an extra 1/8 cup of flour and an extra 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for fluffier, less flat, cookies.
Step 2: Bacon Time!
Now it's time to fry up some bacon. This should be pretty simple, just be careful not to burn yourself with any hot grease.
When your bacon is looking done, move it to a plate and use some paper towels to blot the grease. We don't want greasy cookies.
Step 3: Mixing the Butter and Sugar
Before you start mixing up the ingredients, now is a good time to preheat your oven to 375.
Once that's done, throw your stick of butter into the mixing bowl.
Measure out 1/2 cup of brown sugar and add it to the butter in the bowl. Do the same for the (white) granulated sugar, and add it to the bowl, as well.
Mix those up with the beater.
Step 4: Adding an Egg and Vanilla
Crack open the egg, and add it to the mixing bowl. Then measure out 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla and add that to the mixture.
Use the beater to mix up the ingredients.
Step 5: Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt
In another bowl, we need to mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Measure out 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and add those to the new bowl. Then measure out the 1 and 1/8 cup of flour, and add it to the new bowl.
Mix everything up with a clean spoon, then add the mixture to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients in it.
Mix up the combined mixture with the beater, once again.
Step 6: Adding Chocolate and Bacon
We ended up not having enough chocolate, so we cut up some Hershey's kisses to get it up to the 1 cup mark. Once you get a full cup of chocolate, add that into the mixture.
Next, we need to cut up our bacon. By now, they should be relatively grease free, and much easier to cut up. Dice them up into chucks, it's easier to do them all at one time. With our 6 slices we ended up getting a little more than 1/2 cup of bacon.
I wouldn't suggest going over a 50:50 ratio of chocolate to bacon.
Add the bacon to the mixture, and mix it up by hand using a spoon.
JockoSadie1 suggests putting the dough into the fridge or freezer for 15-30 minutes to let it rest. I haven't tried it out yet, but these cookies really do flatten out. So, if you have the patience, pop 'em in the fridge.
Step 7: Baking
We'll be baking our cookies at 375 degrees for 9-10 minutes. They might take a little longer, but I'm sure you can figure it out.
Get out some baking sheets, and grease them if need be. We want to keep our scoops of dough to about a tablespoon. The cookies end up flattening out quite a lot, so keep about 2-3 inches between scoops.
Pop them in the oven. To tell when they are done, check that the centers of the cookie aren't gooey. The edges should also be nice and crisp.
Once they're done, pull them out and let them cool.
Step 8: Reactions
I felt that these we're going to be delicious the whole time, and I was right. They turned out great, a nice combination of salty, sweet, and savory.
My sister was hesitant about the idea of sticking bacon in a cookie, but she was pleasantly surprised by the taste.
So far, we're the only people that actually enjoyed them. The most common reaction was people saying "interesting...", while others outright hated them.
I gave some of these as part of a gift for Secret Santa. Thankfully, the recipient found them quite delicious, and he decided to share with everyone else.
Here's a video:
Thanks for reading!