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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 5, 2010

My husband has a monthly get together with some of his friends for a guy’s night out. This has been going on for a while, but for some reason I got it in my head that I needed to bake something for his most recent guy’s night out. Something manly. Cupcakes taste great, but I really couldn’t picture a bunch of guys sitting around eating cupcakes together, you know?

So I asked myself, ‘What do guys like?’ And I answered myself, ‘Cookies. And bacon.’

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

People had one of two reactions when I told them I made bacon chocolate chip cookies. Some didn’t even bat an eye and exclaimed, “Awesome! You’re a genius!” The others said, “You put what? In what? Why?”

I am not a genius, nor am I the first person to ever attempt putting bacon in a chocolate chip cookie. Why? Because I love salty sweet snacks, chocolate chip cookies, and bacon. So really the question is, why not? I used my all time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for these, and I’ll warn you, it does take a little bit of planning ahead. You need to let the dough rest in the fridge for 24-36 hours. No, this is not some new form of torture. I assure you it does make a difference in the taste of the cookies and it is worth it.

If you too love salty sweet foods, chocolate chip cookies and bacon, you owe it to yourself to make these cookies! Just make sure you share because there’s nothing low fat, light, or healthy about them – just the way I like them.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from The New York Times
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

While the 24-36 hour rest period is important for creating great flavor in these cookies, I didn’t want the bacon to sit in the cookie dough that long. I was worried it would lost it’s crispness and leach salt into the dough, leaving me with overly salty cookies. Folding in the bacon at the last moment before baking avoids this problem and yields nice crisp bacon pieces in the cookies.

Ingredients

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) AP flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips, at least 60 percent cacao content
6 slices crisp cooked bacon, chopped

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Using a mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating completely after each addition. Add vanilla. Reduce mixer to lowest speed and carefully add flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips by hand.

Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 24 – 36 hours, up to 72 hours.

When ready to bake, set dough out at room temperature. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.

When dough has warmed enough to be pliable but not too soft, fold in chopped bacon. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, measure 8 cookies out on a baking sheet. Bake one sheet at a time, 15-20 minutes or until edges are starting to brown. Cool 2-3 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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30 Comments
  1. October 5, 2010 7:41 pm

    Strong enough for a man. But delicious enough for a woman. I like the way you think.

  2. Parsifal permalink
    October 5, 2010 9:03 pm

    I fear you have too much information now on men and what makes them tick in posting this…

    Who would ever think to combine a delightfully cooked bit of swine with a chocolate chip?

    Go figure… The best of both worlds brought together to create brilliance!

    Parsifal

  3. October 5, 2010 9:34 pm

    i think bacon and chocolate make a brilliant combination (:

  4. October 6, 2010 9:03 am

    Oh my, this sounds like my kind of cookie.

  5. oneordinaryday permalink
    October 6, 2010 11:57 am

    Hmm. I think I could get into this twist on my favorite cookie. I know my son would LOVE it.

  6. October 9, 2010 5:42 pm

    Hmm, I don’t know. I’ve never really gotten into this bacon in dessert craze that seems to be going around. But I do love bacon and I do love chocolate chip cookies, so I would still give it a try. And this is definitely my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe so next time I make it, I’ll slip some bacon in a few of the cookies before I bake them!

  7. October 11, 2010 1:57 pm

    Wow, what delicious-looking cookies. I love sweets, and these cookies look mouth-watering! I usually stick to these Brownie Cookies – http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/brownie_cookies.htm – They’re pretty tasty too!

  8. November 4, 2010 8:08 am

    My husband always pours syrup over his bacon so I think he would like these even though I also think he would be reluctant at first.

  9. November 4, 2010 9:53 am

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this combo either. I’ve just never had the guts to try it. The more I think about it, though, the more those need to be in my stomach.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Jillian permalink
    November 4, 2010 10:23 am

    did someone say bacon? and chocolate chip cookies? what’s not to work about this recipe?! ;) yum-yum!

  11. November 4, 2010 11:04 am

    OMG, must make now!

    Unbelievably, my boyfriend is expressing skepticism. Sweet and salty? Bacon and chocolate? How could this not be awesome?!

  12. janemaynard permalink
    November 4, 2010 12:36 pm

    wanted to let you know we featured this post on FoodPress.com – lovely photos and such a fun recipe! (and I agree…that NYTimes recipe is the best!!)

  13. November 4, 2010 1:04 pm

    This sounds and looks awesome! I think I might make these for my Saturday morning tailgate.
    Thanks for sharing and glad I could find your blog through FoodPress.

    Best,
    Vivek
    Vivek’s Epicurean Adventures
    http://viveksepicureanadventures.com

  14. November 4, 2010 1:59 pm

    everyone has been telling me chocolate and bacon go so well together. this might be the first thing i make with chocolate and bacon because the ingredients look good and the pictures look better. THANKS!

  15. feastonthecheap permalink
    November 4, 2010 5:04 pm

    I’d be in the former camp, as in, Awesome, You’re a Genius. I have to try these.

  16. November 4, 2010 5:55 pm

    Ok, I admit that I’m a little skeptical, but I know my boyfriend and his daughters would be all over this one. I guess I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. November 4, 2010 7:52 pm

    what if i substituted the cake flour with all purpose flour. To be frank I dont use cake flour often enough to consider buying it for this recipe.. would it work just as well without it? or am i heading for disaster?? please advise :)

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      November 8, 2010 12:35 pm

      I’m pretty sure I’ve made these cookies with all AP flour before and they came out fine. At the very least, it shouldn’t end in disaster :)

  18. November 4, 2010 7:52 pm

    p.s. congratulations for being featured on foodpress :)

  19. November 5, 2010 1:12 am

    Yeah youre right we love cookies and bacon, combining them would be heavenly! This is a definite must try specially when the boys are visiting our place for a game. Thanks for sharing it.

    Raymund
    http://angsarap.wordpress.com

  20. November 5, 2010 9:42 am

    This looks interesting. I’ve never had bacon in cookies. But I love bacon and I love cookies. HA! So may be worth a try.

  21. November 7, 2010 12:45 pm

    What a strange combo but I would be up for it. Who doesn’t like salt and sweet together?

    New follower http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

    Megan

  22. November 7, 2010 10:57 pm

    You Are AWESOME! What a great idea :)

  23. November 8, 2010 12:17 pm

    Hi there!
    I’m very curious to try these, but have a question which I hope someone would be kind to answer. I’m not America, and I Live in Denmark. I like to experiment with food, and different cuisines, and now I’ve decided to try American food which I find rather fascinating :)
    Well the question is (and it might sound stupid), but what kind of bacon are we talking about, and do I have to fry i before I put it in the dough?

    The problem is that Danish grocery stores often don’t sell half the ingredient list. So i just need to make sure that it’s the right bacon I buy, and the right way I use it :)

    Thanks

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      November 8, 2010 12:34 pm

      It’s not a stupid question! I edited the recipe to eliminate any doubts, but you should definitely use cooked bacon in this recipe. I cooked up a pound of my favorite kind (center cut slices from pork belly) and used 6 of the leftover slices to make these cookies. After a quick look at Wikipedia I realize many countries have a different version of bacon than what we Americans traditionally call bacon. If that’s the case in Denmark and you can’t find anything similar to sliced pork belly, you can probably substitute another salty, crisp cooked meat such as panchetta. The highlight of these cookies is the contrast of the salty and sweet so as long as you can replicate that you should still enjoy them!

      • November 8, 2010 6:06 pm

        Thank you!!
        I can’t wait to taste them :D

  24. November 8, 2010 2:04 pm

    my husband would LOVE this. he eats dessert at the same time as his dinner – e.g. 1 bite ham, 1 bite brownie. it’s weird, but these cookies look PERFECT for him :)

  25. November 8, 2010 3:25 pm

    This reminds me of the bacon-chocolate bars available at Fresh Market.
    yum! I will have to make these for me and hubs! Thanks for the post! Such a creative cookie.
    (BTW, I posted a bacon salad that’s actually good for you last night; it’s the only salad the men in my family will eat, so you and I are thinking along the same wavelength!)
    http://feedingfarley.wordpress.com

  26. December 8, 2010 2:50 pm

    Great blog! There are so many recipes here I need to try… not to mention these bacon cookies :D

  27. Jess E permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:52 pm

    hi. was wondering if you refrigerated any leftover cookies? i made some bacon peanut butter cookies but i’m not sure if they need to go into the fridge after baking or not!
    thanks!

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