This week I was discussing what I was baking for the holidays with my brother and he jokingly suggested that I should put bacon into some of my cookies. While overtly I scoffed at the idea and said "That is just disgusting!" inwardly I was thinking:
Bacon was made to be paired with sweets. I mean--need I remind you all of the marvelous joys a breakfast of pancakes, bacon and cloyingly sweet maple syrup lends to an otherwise lacking morning?
I went straight to How Sweet Eats because when I think of bacon, I think of Jessica. She is the queen of all things bacon and delicious. Almost immediately I found the most delectable recipe for peanut butter cookies studded with candied bacon and chocolate.
Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Candied Bacon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 slices cinnamon-sugared candied bacon
1/2 cup chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dip the bacon into the melted chocolate and set aside to come to room temperature while you make the dough.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together the sugars, peanut butter, and butter until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture in two batches, mixing until incorporated. Crumble the bacon and fold into the batter.
Place tablespoon scoops on a prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes and fool all of your family members into eating bacon-cookies.
Source: How Sweet Eats (original recipe here)