Prep1 hr 30 mins
Yes, really. After recently having a bacon chocolate bar (made by the skilled hands of those at Vosgues Haute Chocolat) and loving it, I was inspired to make the same thing in cookie form. It's the prefect combination of savory and sweet. Adults can't get enough of them. Try them and I promise you'll be making a second batch! Thank you Dallas Morning News! Preparation time, below, includes 1 hour of chilling the dough.
- 3⁄4 cup butter
- 2⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon hazelnut extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips or 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 lbs bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 2 cups)
- 1⁄2 lb bacon, cooked in whole strips
- 2 cups powdered sugar, for the maple glaze
- 1 tablespoon maple extract, for the maple glaze
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, for the maple glaze
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon, for the maple glaze
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, extracts and eggs until creamy. In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir together.
- Dough will be slightly soft. If you want a more cakelike cookie, add another 1/2 cup of flour. Mix in chocolate chips and crumbled bacon. Stir until well integrated.
- Place dough on a sheet of wax paper and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Remove dough from fridge. Pinch off 1 ½ -inch pieces and roll into balls. Set dough balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten dough balls in the center slightly with your fingers. Bake about 10 minutes, or until the dough starts to turn golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on a cooling rack while you make the glaze.
- Maple-Cinnamon Glaze: Mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon maple extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon cinnamon with enough water to make a thick glaze, about 3 tablespoons. Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. If lumpy, use a whisk.
- Spread a small amount of glaze on top of each cookie and top with a small piece (1 to 1 ½ inches) of crisp bacon.
Spectacular! Brilliant! Yummy! As I write this, I am in process of posting my own version of this recipe. I can't bear to throw out bacon fat only to add butter, so I've adjusted this recipe to use the bacon fat instead of butter. I was afraid it would be too salty but it's not. Thank you for the inspiration.
Amazing. Awesome. Delicious. I've made these for a bake sale and two Christmases, and out of dozens of people not even one person was anything less than impressed. For those afraid of the bacon, let me say that it does not stand out, but rather blends with the other flavors quite well.
East Coast Foodie, he does not say he developed the recipe, states he wanted try making something like these after having the candy (which he also gave credit for), and he gives credit to the newspaper, & thanking them.