Photos by Frances Eden Creative
Have you been noticing the trend for bacon in desserts? Have you been curious? Do I actually care about your answers? NO! I just want you to make these darn cookies!
Pork has always been popular in the culinary world but never more so for dessert then it is now. I was new to this phenomenon so I decided to get my hands dirty and let my inner oinker reign free. I can now say, if sweet+bacon is not something you have tried before, do so at your earliest convenience.
DO NOT BE AFRAID – the bacon is mild and lovely and just plays so well with the dark chocolate and chewy dough. You will be surprised, impressed and addicted all at the same time. Its pretty much life changing.
2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup salted butter, room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
8-10 strips of good quality bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup dark chocolate
Cream together butter and sugars (thats baker-speak for “throw your butter and sugars into the bowl of your mixer and let er rip until things are puffier and lighter then before”) (if you don’t have a mixer then hopefully you have awesome upper body strength)
Slow things down and add your eggs and vanilla, then your baking soda and baking powder. Toss in your flour and when its all evenly mixed up, add your bacon and chocolate.
Note: When the dough is done, I always like to add the chocolate and whatever else to the cookies by hand. No real reason for this except that I can hum the “Little House on the Prairie” theme song to myself while I do it. And there is no real reason for the humming other then its fun.
Line a baking sheet with parchment (a MUST for any cookie recipe) and scoop some dough blobs onto the pan. These spread quite a bit so I got nine on my pan rather then my usual twelve and they were still kinda touchy.
Bake them on the centre rack for 10-12 mins in a 350 degree oven. These guys go from perfect cookie to burnt cookie within seconds so keep a look out.
My hubby has dubbed these “Man Cookies” but that didn’t stop me from sitting with a half dozen and polishing them off like the lady that I am. Ha, take THAT men! <smugface>
*that I would later bawl to my husband about this very act when my jeans wouldn’t zip up is of no consequence*