The combination of salty and sweet is absolutely divine here… if it works for chocolate covered pretzels than why not bacon-infused cookies? I should bake bacon into things more often from now on…
My only beef (or should I say pork) with this recipe was that my cookies came out rather flat and not too soft… probably because I made them tiny in order to have a larger quantity of them. I will look for a better cookie dough recipe next time I make them, and I’m also gonna use REAL bacon too (since all I had on hand was turkey bacon)… the full fat makes a HUGE difference, especially in making it “candied” beforehand, as many of my strips burned and dried out very quickly…
Anyway, here is the recipe for what is perhaps my new favorite cookie recipe. Even if your New Year’s resolution entails laying off the sweets like mine, give yourself a little wiggle room and allow an exception just this once. Enjoy, and Happy 2011!
Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted from Closet Cooking)
(1) First, make the candied bacon: Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack in it. Lay out bacon strips on a flat surface and rub in some brown sugar on both sides, then transfer to the prepared pan, laying strips flat on the wire rack. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bacon strips are very dark and caramelized. You may want to flip the strips over at some point in the middle of the baking time. They should look something like this:
(3) Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until just incorporated.
(4) In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Combine this mixture with the wet ingredients, mixing gradually until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips and bacon until your batter looks something like this:
(5) Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and sprinkle a little sea salt over each one. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown.
* If using turkey bacon, reduce the baking time during step 1 and keep a close watch on the bacon so that it doesn’t burn, as turkey has a much lower fat content.