Sorry Luke, I couldn’t help myself. I love these cookies and wanted to share the recipe.
Some of my family has a bacon obsession. We think any recipe would be better if you only add some bacon. My great nephew Taylor probably is most afflicted of us all- his facebook posts have a common bacon theme when he posts about food. After he posted a picture about carmelized bacon on top of his ice cream, I decided to make a peanut butter and bacon cookie.
There were already a couple of recipes on the cooking blogs- so I kind of used bits and pieces from them and added them to my own tried and true peanut butter cookie recipe and using an entire pound of bacon made them up last week.
It was hard putting all that bacon into one recipe- Jordan snatched a piece before I got it all chopped up- but I wanted to try the cookies so minus one piece the pound of bacon went into the bowl.
The cookies are delicious. The bacon is empowering rather than over powering and they are substantial and filling. This is not a cookie for the faint of heart or vegetarians, admittedly– but if you like bacon and peanut butter- you might want to give this recipe a try.
( I didn’t tell my husband about the bacon and he raved about how good the cookies were… I gave a sample to my knitting group and they really liked them, but couldn’t identify the bacon immediately. So- not sure if I want to take out some PB or add some more bacon. I think I like them just the way they are.)
1 lb bacon- fried, drained, crumbled ( reserve the fat)
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 tsp each of baking powder and soda
1 stick of butter- room temp.
8 TBS of cool bacon fat
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup peanut morsels
turbinado sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix together dry ingredients and whisk. In a separate bowl cream butter, bacon fat and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add bacon and peanut butter and again mix well.
Add dry mixture, 1/3 at a time and stir until it is all incorporated. Add peanut morsels and chopped peanuts.
Drop by tablespoon or make into walnut sized balls and place on cookie tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 8-12 minutes. If you like your cookies a little browner go for the 12 minutes, otherwise keep an eye on them after about 8 minutes.
I wasn’t sure about adding the bacon fat, but I used apple wood and sugar cured bacon and it added a depth of flavor that is really good. Let me know what you think when you try them!
-keep an eye on them while in the oven- they brown up quickly
The ultimate cookie for those with a bacon obsession!
If you make them, let me know what you think. If you think I’m a little nuts-
share that, too.
If you are embarrassed by my strange obsession- again, I’m sorry, Luke.