Yes, you read that correctly. Bacon + Chocolate combines for the perfect little cookie.
My sister first told me about this little bit of culinary heaven (she’s known for her baking, not her decorating) and I knew I had to try it! What’s not to love? Bacon and chocolate are perhaps two of my favorite foods, and I’ve always loved a sweet and salty combo! Don’t be worried about the saltiness of the bacon overwhelming the chocolate– you candy the bacon (read: fancy way to say ‘you put brown sugar on the bacon’) so it’s more of a smoky sweet flavor! Mmm… hungry yet?
And to make these cookies even better, they are just about the easiest things in the world to make! Seriously, just look at how easy!
1 package of bacon (thick or regular, it’s up to you)
The Toll House Cookie recipe (find it here)
Umm, that’s it? YES!
1. Pre-heat oven to 375. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place bacon strips on top, slightly apart. I cut the bacon strips in half to make them a little more manageable.
2. Sprinkle and pat the brown sugar down on each strip of bacon- basic rule of thumb when deciding how much is enough- you want the bacon to be covered with brown sugar, but not drowning in it!
3. Bake bacon at 375 for about 12 minutes, and then flip for another 12. You want the bacon to be fully cooked, crispy, and a dark brown color when it’s done. Set the bacon aside to cool. (And just try to resist tasting a bite of bacon…)
4. Make Toll House cookie recipe according to directions, omitting the nuts. My only suggestion is to add an extra helping of vanilla. I love vanilla and always add at least double the recommended amount for every recipe I make! This may be an old wives’ tale, but I’ve heard that the sweet smell of vanilla makes people think of comfort and home… a perfect scent for any baked good! And whether that’s true or not, I just think everything tastes better with a little more vanilla!
5. After the bacon is cooled, chop into small pieces and add to cookie dough. Plop cookie dough by the spoonful onto a bacon sheet covered with parchment paper.
6. Bake cookies at 375 for about 10 minutes, cool, and enjoy!
My roommates and coworkers agreed that the bacon flavor wasn’t overwhelming, and added a nice little ‘flavor surprise’ in an already delicious chocolate chip cookie! The next time I make these cookies I may add a little more bacon (admittedly a measure in self-control as I ate too many ‘tastes’ of bacon before baking the cookies!) To make an even more interesting cookie, I think I’ll chop up some pretzels and add them to the mix to really make this cookie ‘sweet and salty!”