Friday, July 6, 2012

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

We don't make bacon often, but when we do, we occasionally save the rendered fat in a jar and store it in the back of the fridge. I'd joke about using it to make fried bread once in a while, but I never do.

Putting bacon in everything has been a trend for some time. I think it's part of the sweet and salty combination that makes the flavours attractive. I've seen bacon with chocolate and bacon-topped cupcakes. Meredith wanted to use some of that bacon fat for cookies, so we started looking.

The more reasonable recipes used about 1/2 cup bacon fat (as substitute for 1/2 cup butter). I know - that can't be healthy. We weren't expecting it to be. And there had to be some crumbled bacon as well.

The cookies were pretty good. There was a slight aftertaste that was a little strong, but I attribute that to sediment in the bacon fat - extra salty bits. I think I should've put the hot bacon fat through a coffee filter first, because it was a little cloudy. I've done it before and I'll do it next time - if there is a next time.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup rendered bacon fat
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
  1. Using an electric mixer, fold bacon fat, butter, and brown sugar. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary.
  2. Continue to mix on low and add eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Continue to mix and add flour. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips and bacon and let dough rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, spoon balls of dough onto baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 16 minutes and allow cookies to cool on a rack.
inspired by Kim Conte's recipe.
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  1. You're kidding me, right? :) However, I do have a pretty tasty pork sausage-spice cake recipe, so the savory and the sweet sometimes do overlap with good results!

  2. Good Morning Daniel,
    I had so much fun making your Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies for the SRC this month, they are just delicious and we will be making many times in the future. I also enjoyed finding other recipes on your blog and getting to know you. Thanks for sharing with the SRC and hope you have a great day!
    Miz Helen
    Group B SRC


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