Sooner or later it had to happen. From a culinary standpoint it makes perfect sense. Salted caramel has been all the rage for a long time and it’s popularity isn’t waning. I’ll admit that I balked at the idea initially, thinking no way would this work. Boy was I wrong!!!
Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies have secured a permanent spot in my heart. I mean what’s not to love here people? Everything is better with bacon, including chocolate chip cookies. The real kicker is that no one could identify the secret ingredient, I had to tell them. You can see that there is something other than chocolate chips in the cookie but can’t readily tell what it is. I think I had more fun trying to get everyone to guess what was in them that munching away. I take that back, cancel/clear.
After looking at several recipes I decided to just go with the standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and add some bacon. Most recipes called for adding a half cup of chilled bacon fat in addition to a half cup (1 stick) of butter. I know, I know, it’s still saturated fat but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Anyway, frying one pound of bacon typically doesn’t yield a half cup of fat. You’d have to cook more than one pound or save up your drippings until you had a half cup.
I chopped the bacon into small pieces before I fried it. This is slightly less messy than trying to chop it after it’s cooked. So if you feel like taking a walk on the sweet and salty side with me, give these a try. Oh, and I promise to tell you about the other lovelies in the picture real soon.
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg dark chocolate chips
- 1 lb bacon chopped, cooked and cooled
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and bacon.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
I’m sharing this sweet and salty goodies with my party peeps: