Monday, June 6, 2011

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies

My husband and I spent three days in Yosemite last week and it was BEAUTIFUL!  We hiked to upper Yosemite Fall, which was 3000 feet of elevation gain and about 7.5 miles round trip.  It was amazing at the top (photos later)!   Unfortunately on the way down my left knee was causing me pain:(  My husband knew the next morning he wanted to take another hike, so while he hiked I rested my knee and stayed warm and cozy in my sleeping bag poring over the June issue of  "food network magazine":)
This fabulous cookie recipe caught my eye. (I know that the sugary/bacon combo in baking has been around for awhile, but I wasn't really interested until this particular recipe.) 
I was a bit leery of adding 2 tablespoons of bacon grease to the cookies, so I didn't.  I also took the easy way out and substituted Hormel's real bacon pieces in lieu of frying my own fresh bacon.   Even so, I really enjoyed the cookies.  How could I go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate chip?  The bacon pieces did add a unique taste element, but the bacon grease (maybe even only 1 tablespoon instead of 2) would have made more of an impression. Next time I will brave it and stick with the original ingredients, and there will be a next time!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies
(My changes are in brown.) From Food Network Magazine

Ingredients


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of chipotle or ancho chile powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

5 strips bacon (1/3 pound)  (I used 5 tablespoons of prepared Hormel real bacon pieces, and did not add bacon grease as called for in the recipe below)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used 6 tablespoons to make up for not using the bacon grease.)

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup roughly chopped honey- roasted peanuts (I did not add)

1/3 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, chile powder and salt in a large bowl.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings and set aside to cool. Crumble the bacon, discarding any chewy bits. (I used the prepared bacon pieces and no grease.)

Beat the butter and reserved bacon drippings in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the peanut butter until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the granulated and light brown sugar until creamy, about 4 minutes, then add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes.

Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture in 2 additions, scraping down the bowl as needed, until just combined. Stir in the peanuts(I omitted) and all but 2 tablespoons each of the chocolate chips and bacon.

Form the dough into 12 balls and arrange 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten with your fingers (the cookies will not spread in the oven); press the reserved bacon and chocolate chips on top. Bake until golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Let the cookies cool 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Try it, you'll like it! :)  

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24 comments:

  1. Those cookies sound like salty sweet deliciousness.

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  2. How yummy! I think these would be perfect post bbq picnic.

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  3. Chocolate and bacon...that's a killer recipe!

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  4. Having bacon in chocolate chip cookies is a fun combination! I hope that your knee is getting better.

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  5. Wow! Bacon cookies! I am yet to bake with bacon, but I've coated crispy bacon with walnuts and chocolate before and that was insanely delicious! I must try baking with bacon soon. I think I would also be leery about using bacon grease.

    I was in Yosemite a couple of weeks ago! So beautiful there! Looking forward to your photos.

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  6. Wow - still can't quite get my head around the idea of bacon with sweet stuff. My friends love bacon on waffles with maple syrup but I'm such a scaredy cat!

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  7. hmmm.. i'm intrigued. i LOVE chocolate covered bacon at the fair. never heard of cookies so thanks! :)

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  8. Sue, these cookies sound really interesting. I really like sweet and salty combos. Way to be brave and give it a go, I just might try these too. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see the photos of your trip!

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  9. Sounded like a lovely couple of days at Yosemite and I hope your knee is back to normal. These cookies look great. Looking forward to the next post with the bacon grease ;)

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  10. Do you think they would be ok with turkey bacon? We're a pork free house.... don't tell anyone. We might get excommunicated from the state of GA ;)

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  11. Ciao Sue ^^ mi piacciono molto gli abbinamenti insoliti come questi biscotti, li proverò e ti farò sapere! Intanto mi lecco le dita ;)

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  12. I've seen recipes for bacon cookies and always been kind of skeptical, but you're making me want to give it a shot. I hope your knee is feeling better :)
    Katie

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  13. Okay so I thought I was the last person to get on the bacon train. I just haven't been able to bring myself to do it. Yet.

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  14. I am super interested in if you try it with the grease, that sounds really interesting.

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  15. I love everything with bacon on it, I can't imagine what these yummy cookies will taste like.
    Kathia Pink Little Cake Blog

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  16. Oh yes, BACON is so fun in everything. Is there bacon therapy yet, I'll have to sign up. I just bought bacon crumbs at Costco, had them at my brothers and now want to add bacon to everything. Help! It's going to be bacon madness!
    LOVE these cookies, yum, yum, yum!!!

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  17. I'm not sure I'm even brave enough to add the bacon. They look great though!

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  18. Hi Sue...this is an interesting recipe..looks good to me and salty and sweet are always good. I love to watch "Chopped" on the food network..how they have to take unusual ingredients and come up with something delish! ;D

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  19. Ooh yes please! I love how bacon is such a popular ingredient! What's not to love in a sweet too! :)

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  20. That bacon grease would have really made those cookies taste like bacon...I think you did a good thing in using butter instead. I haven't tried bacon with sweets yet...I may be the last hold out on earth, but those cookies sure are tempting.

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  21. Hi Sue-Oh my LORD am I in love with this cookie! This looks so good:)My nieces are here and I think we'll give this recipe a go!!Your trip sounds like it was amazing:)

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  22. I haven't tried chocolate and bacon yet, but that day is soon to come!

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  23. What an interesting recipe! Bacon really is everywhere these days! I love sweet/salty combos, though, so I'll have to give these a try :)

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  24. My dad thinks there should be a little onion in these (he loves peanut butter and onion sandwiches...urp)

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