Friday, June 5, 2009

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I'm a little late on the Bacon In Everything Bandwagon, buuuuuuuuuut........

At work, my bosses Dave, Hend, and Matt were all talking about bacon chocolate chip cookies. We had talked about this awhile ago, and it was very interesting to hear that they were all so interested in trying them. I'd also gotten Jeff a bacon chocolate bar for his birthday so decided I'd try them in cookies. I really like bacon, but I wasn't a huge fan of the bacon chocolate bar. The bacon in it was chewy and it was a kinda strange...

But in the cookies it was pretty tasty! The bacon was still a little chewy-- and next time I may try a more savory spice rub as opposed to the sweet one. I think it made the bacon stand out a little less. Or maybe even like a smoked bacon, that would be quite tasty. I added the cardamom to kind of flow with the spices and flavors-- plus, cardamom goes with everything!

Besides all that, the actual texture of these cookies? Amazing! I made this recipe up in Denver too (without the bacon and cardamom) for my new little brothers (my parents adopted!!) and it turned out really good, so I think I'm sticking with it. These cookies aren't bready at all, and have just the right amount of crunch and flavor. It only took like four tries!!

Overall, I was super pleased with them. They disappeared at work, and Dave, Matt, and Hend seemed to love them. I brought them in on my last day and it was a nice little farewell present.

Aw, I miss DJ & the Fro. But now at least I get to cook again....

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
3 strips of bacon
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
ground pepper

In a small cup or vessel, mix together the molasses and brown sugar. Lightly coat the bacon with the sugar mixture and play on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees while mixing the cookies, until crispy and cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack with some paper towels. Crumble and remove any sticky, fatty parts.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom.

In a seperate bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla and continue beating until thoroughly combined. Stir in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, until all mixed together. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and bacon.

Take tablespoon full amounts of cookie dough and place evenly on a cookie tray. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes, until just golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


Justin said...

it's funny because I feel like I've heard about bacon in everything, as you say, but i haven't actually heard about or tried them in chocolate chip cookies. chocolate, yes. ice cream yes, pralines, yes. but not this.

Stephanesia said...

Hehe, well if you like bacon in things, you're missing out. For bacon-filled things, they were really good!

phoenix said...

Sweet, sweet bacon!

Seriously - as much as the bacon craze is pretty much done, it's always amazing to see it in recipes like this. Bacon in sweet treats never ceases to amaze me. I'll have to try this one! :D