Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candied bacon chocolate chip cookies are my new favorite thing! Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies or bacon? Combining the two just seemed genius.

Nathan and a friend of mine are constantly asking me to add bacon to my recipes or find new ways to include bacon in dinner for them. These cookies just seemed like a natural idea. I’ve started wrapping my meatloaf in bacon because of them. I’m going to try wrapping asparagus in bacon as well, after I found a great recipe for it.

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Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

Bacon, pepper-crusted, thick cut, 12 strips

½ cup brown sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.

Add the brown sugar to a bowl and dredge each piece of bacon in it, until evenly coated. Spread each piece of bacon out on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until crispy. I’ve been told to just sprinkle the brown sugar on top of bacon when I first learned to candy it. The thing I dislike about this is that it doesn’t coat the bacon evenly, and takes away from the idea of candying it. Dredging it in a bowl of brown sugar is an extra step, but for even coating and cooking, it is absolutely worth the effort.

Allow the bacon to cool completely before chopping, and set aside to be added to cookie dough later.

Cookies:

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened

2 eggs

1 cup white sugar

3 cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

In a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together.

Add in the eggs, one at a time.

One cup at a time, add in the flour until well combined. Continue with the remaining ingredients. End with the chocolate chips and cooled bacon that has been chopped.

Spray a cookie sheet with a non-stick cooking spray with flour. Bake the cookies for ten minutes, until golden brown.

Once they are out of the oven, transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool before eating. These are a very soft cookie to start with, so allowing to cool is definitely a must! Otherwise the cookies will become crumbs.

Notes:

I’ve included a link to my favorite stand mixer. If you bake or are just getting into baking, I recommend that mixer. It is an essential in every good kitchen, as far as I am concerned. They last forever, and that makes them worth the money to me.

I know most recipes for chocolate chip cookies call for two cups. I have always found that odd, and I just use a full package, which is reflected in my recipes. The two cup measurement has always puzzled me because it just seems like a waste to open a package and have extra every time. When I look in my pantry and count the bags of chocolate chips, I know that is the number of cookie recipes I can make. It is easier that way, I think. Plus, how can I go wrong with more chocolate chips? I feel like that is just impossible!

Allowing the bacon to cool before chopping and adding to the cookie dough is essential. I used pepper crusted bacon, but regular bacon can be used just as easily. For me the pepper added to the sweet and savory contrast. Thick cut bacon is essential. Thinner cut bacon always burns when I candy it, and the cookies don’t have a real bacon “pop” of flavor to them. I’ve found it lacks without the thick cut bacon.

Discussion

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe as much as I have! If you have tried it, feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments. If you are looking for another great chocolate chip cookie recipe, check out my zucchini chocolate chip cookies as well. Keep an eye out for other cookie recipes coming soon! I’m going on a baking spree this week, and will be sharing with you as I go.

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19 thoughts on “Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I love chocolate, I like bacon but i’m sorry I cannot deal with them together – same with maple syrup! The actual cookie recipe does sound good though. I have never been able to make a successful batch of cookies without them turning into some kind of cake-like mess – maybe your recipe could change things!

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  2. This is a combination I would not have thought of yet it sounds delish. Chocolate chip cookies and bacon! Everything is better with bacon so why not cookies. Crispy bacon as well! Let me know how bacon wrapped asparagus is.

  3. I’ve never heard of this before, but I think it would be nice. Bacon is just one of those things that works with so many things. I sometimes make French toast, dredged with cinnamon sugar and eat with bacon. It works, so I’m sure your cookies would work too.

  4. Both of my sons would love these. I didn’t know it was so easy to make candied bacon, and I never would have thought to put it in chocolate chip cookies. I can’t wait to make a batch for them–I’m sure they will love the cookies.

  5. It’s an awesome combination. Never imagined a cookie could be made with bacon. They look crispy and nice. Must be very tasty too. I wish someone in my family was as good as you are when it comes to cooking and baking.

  6. Being someone who uses bacon for just about everything, this is a new one! I am intrigued and scared at the same time to try such a concoction, but it sounds divine!

  7. This is a very inventive recipe, and I’m sure the sweet of the chocolate chips and the salt of the bacon creates a little salty/sweet party in your mouth. Your husband seems like he’s really enjoying his bacon, chocolate chip cookie!

  8. I want to try these cookies solely because of the bacon! I wonder if you could achieve a similar taste by subbing in bacon fat?!?!

  9. Omg you had me at bacon! I absolutely have to try this recipe for myself, I didn’t think the perfect dessert could exist like this, but here we are, living in the future.

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