Bacon cookie recipe evolution
December 24, 2007
My mother-in-law was in town this weekend and as a bonding experience, my teenage daughter and I made cookies with her. (Very traditional Christmas activity, no?) We were going to an extended family brunch on Sunday where bacon is always the star ingredient, so what better to take than the infamous bacon cookies?
I tweaked the original recipe for a few different reasons.
- Time. Chilling the dough for an hour was just out of the question. If we had other baking to do, it would have been fine, but we wanted to bang these out.
- Laziness. Glazing just sounded like too much work, and I was concerned about stacking the cookies for transport.
- Traditionalism. We decided to stick with vanilla as our only flavoring to preserve what we all imagined as the ideal chocolate chip cookie.
- Preference. I am not a fan of white chocolate chips. Even the expensive ones taste waxy to me.
So, here is my version of the recipe:
Aura Mae’s No, really! It’s bacon! Chocolate Chip Cookies
The ultimate breakfast treat!
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups bacon bits (I used pre-cooked bacon I had from Costco that was still frozen)
preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Beat together the butter, sugars, flavouring and eggs until creamy.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir together. Add in chocolate chips and bacon bits. Stir until well integrated.
Put six golf-ball sized blobs on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of space. The dough is crumbly, so use your hands to make them cookie shaped. (round and flat)
Bake cookies for about 11-13 minutes, or until the dough starts to turn golden brown. Remove to cooling rack and beat away the family for 10 minutes so the things can cool.
The consumers had this to say about the cookies.
- We used to make ginger snaps with bacon fat when I was a kid!
- It’s nice that they aren’t too sweet.
- I like the dense texture.
- Lots of chocolate!
- They don’t taste like bacon.
- Can I take some over to my friends?
- Are you crazy?