Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Cate on March 9, 2010

These soft cookies are a perfect mix of sweet and salty.

Mmmm Bacon

I feel confident that since I started our week off with a salad recipe, a cookie recipe is a safe follow.  We’ll make the downhill slide to fried food from here.  Kidding.  I think.

I owed one of my co-workers for helping me out with something at work, and promised to make her a batch of sweet treats with coffee in them, knowing that that was one of her weaknesses.  And then I mentioned Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Our e-mail exchange went something exactly like this:

Me:  I’ll make a batch of Chocolate Coffee Bars and then the Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies for you to try.

Her:  I’m a little confused by what you mean by the word “try,” because unless the bacon is on top of a burger, it’s not going into my mouth.

When I stopped in yesterday, armed with a platter of assorted goodies, it took more than just a little convincing to get her to try the cookies with the bacon in them.  I went with the theory that it is just like a chocolate covered pretzel.  You know, the salty/sweet combination.  “I don’t like chocolate covered pretzels,” she said.  “I don’t either,” I offered.  She laughed.  “Then why are we having cookies with bacon in them?”  Another co-worker was braver and tried one.  It might have had something to do with the fact that I didn’t tell her what the secret ingredient was.  She said they were fine, and that paved the way.  Co-Worker #1 did try them, and even finished a whole cookie.  She survived, although I can’t be certain she went back for a second one.

The Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies were on the platter I brought into Madeline‘s school on Monday as well, one of four different items and the first thing to go.  Nice job, guys!

Cookies with bacon in them is not such a new thing, although it’s been making the round of some food blogs a bit more frequently lately.  When I spied them on Cathy’s blog last week, I made a mental note to try them out over the weekend.  It is strictly a mind-over-matter thing.  Once you forget about the fact that there’s bacon in the cookie, all is fine, I promise.  There is just a hint of salt in the cookie, but only if you happen to get a piece of bacon in your bite.  If I made them again, I might up the bacon quotient just a tad because there were way more bites without bacon than with bacon, and if you’re going to make a cookie with bacon in it, well, you need more.

That being said, if you owe someone a fresh-baked favor, are feeling just a bit adventurous or even just because, give these a whirl.  Nice sturdy cookie, tasty, intriguing and another thing to cross off the bucket list ‘o baking.

Hungry for more bacon recipes?

  • Sarah’s Cucina Bella has a Spicy Pastrami, Bacon and Swiss Wrap that is perfect for all those upcoming Spring picnics you’ll be planning with the Great Thaw of 2010.
  • Cookies with Bacon wasn’t enough?  How about David’s Candied Bacon Ice Cream?
  • Homemade Bacon Vodka?  I kid you not.  Brownie Points has all the deets for your own homemade batch of bacony magic.
  • I think the Homesick Texan’s jarred goodness of Bacon Jam just might be the next stop on our Weird Bacon train ride.  When someone describes it as “the love child of pulled pork and pate,” how can we not be sucked in?
  • And lastly, Elise over at Simply Recipes just might do me in with her Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Hot Dogs.

A year ago today … an unexpected hit, even with lots of dirty pots and pans.
Two years ago todayonce-a-week cooking with The Neighbor Wife.
Five years ago today … another favorite salad.

March 9, 2010
Project 365, Photo #60

Irish Whiskey-Soaked Raisin Galette

I took an Irish-themed cooking class tonight, and the picture above was one of the things on the menu, Irish Whiskey-Soaked Raisin Galette with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  The other items on the menu included Irish Cheddar and Ale Pub Spread, O’Brien’s Certified Angus Beef & Ale Stew with Roasted Green Vegetables and Dublin-Style Potato “Champ.”  I’ll be sharing the Pub Spread recipe here next week … if I can wait that long.

Candied Bacon-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
adapted from The Great Book of Chocolate

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks (chips are fine)
1 cup Candied Bacon Bits (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 325F. Line three baking sheets with a Silpat liner or parchment paper.  Beat the sugars and butter together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.  Whisk together the flour and salt, then sift them into the batter.  Stir in the chocolate chunks and bacon bits.  Using a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon, scoop the cookie dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter, and place them 2 inches apart on each of the baking sheets.  Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Rotate sheets halfway through baking for even browning. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.  The cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days, if they last that long!  Makes about 3 dozen 2-inch cookies.

Candied Bacon Bits
adapted from David Lebovitz

8 strips bacon
1/2 cup light brown sugar (I used less)

Preheat oven to 400F.  Lay the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or aluminum foil, shiny side down.  Sprinkle half of the brown sugar evenly over each strip of bacon.  Bake for about 15 minutes. Midway during baking, flip the bacon strips over and drag them through the dark, syrupy liquid that’s collected on the baking sheet.  Add the rest of the brown sugar and continue to bake until a deep mahogany color. Remove from oven and cool the strips on a wire rack.  Once crisp and cooled, chop into little pieces, about the size of grains of rice (I left mine a bit bigger so you could better discern what it was).  Candied bacon bits can be stored in an airtight container and chilled for a day or so, or stored in the freezer a few weeks ahead.

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Joanne March 10, 2010 at 7:13 am

See when I hear bacon chocolate chip cookies, I think OH MY GOD I NEED THOSE NOW and not EWWWW. Is it weird that I get that reaction?

They looks delicious! I think that bacon jam sounds fantastic as well. I just really like bacon.


Cathy March 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

It was totally a mind over matter thing for everyone who tried them when I made them a few weeks back. One co-worker was so dismayed at the thought of bacon in a cookie he stared at it for an hour before he finally broke rank and took a bite….and he then hoovered another 7 :)


Rebekah Williams March 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

Bacon + chocolate chips?! Wow!!!


5 Star Foodie March 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Awesome with candied bacon!


Jaimie March 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Anything with bacon is good in my book. Anything.


Shannon March 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

yeah, the bacon toffee oatmeal cookies i made for a cookie swap were pretty well received, as were the ones i brought in to work… even if they were a little skeptical ;)


grace March 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm

i have a massive confession–that raisin galette appeals to me more than the bacon chocolate chip cookies! does that make me a freak? meh, it’s time i accepted the truth. :)


Ramona March 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

Interesting cookie. My hubby luvs choc chips. I on the other hand could live the rest of my life without one passing over my lips.

But, I believe I could eat the whole dish of that raisin galette!


Patty March 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm

This is a fantastic recipe thanks! My brother’s birthday is coming and he LOVES bacon so this will be perfect.


hahnak March 14, 2010 at 4:59 am

cmon youve got to post / share the choco coffee bar recipe! ive never heard of such things and googling comes up short! pleeeeeeeeease?

pretty please with buttercream on top?


Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes March 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Love your blog and dying to try this. I added candied bacon to popcorn for a little get-together for the Oscars and it was a HUGE hit (though definitely less daring than adding it to cookies!).


carrie November 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

I’m still scratching my head as to why anyone would be skeptical about ANYTHING with bacon in it. First rule of bacon is that everything tastes better with bacon! :D


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