Bring Home the Bacon (Cookies)Posted: September 26, 2012 | |
How many times you have thought: You know what would make these cookies better? Bacon. Well, now you’re in luck! These cookies are a flavorful trifecta, with peanut butter, chocolate chips and bacon. It’s pretty much everything you could ever hope for in a cookie, and yet so much more. Note that this recipe only makes a dozen, so stash a few away before you put out a plate of them.
Bacon & Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
– 5 slices of bacon
– 1 ¼ cups of flour
– ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
– ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
– ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon
– Pinch of chili powder
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
– 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
– ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
– ½ cup of sugar
– ½ cup of light brown sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla
– ½ cup of roughly chopped peanuts
– ⅓ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
Heat your oven to 350º.
Fry the bacon slices until crisp in a large skillet. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool and then roughly chop. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, chili powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and reserved bacon grease on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in the peanut butter until combined. Next, beat in the sugars until creamy, about 4 minutes, and then add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the flour mixture a little a time until just combined, scraping the sides as needed. Stir in the peanuts and all but 2 tablespoons each of the bacon and chocolate chips.
Roll the dough into 12 balls and arrange on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten with your fingers (the cookies will not spread out as they bake) and top each with a few extra pieces of bacon and chocolate chips. Bake until golden, 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.