Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yes. You read that right. Bacon is no longer just a side for breakfast. There are bacon drinks, ice cream flavors and even baked goods! Think you can handle this?
(Yield: 25 cookies) that’s plenty to WOW your guest over. This is for your guest right? Don’t worry. I won’t tell if you don’t share.
• 12 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 1/2 cup reserved bacon fat, chilled
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons bourbon liquor
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• 8 ounces dark chocolate (65-percent or higher cocoa content,) chopped into small pieces
In a large sauté pan on medium high heat, cook the diced bacon until the bacon pieces are golden and crisp. Remove the bacon pieces from the fat and drain on a paper towel. Strain the fat through a fine sieve and measure out a 1/2 cup bacon fat. Chill the bacon fat until it congeals and is set.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Beat the butter, chilled bacon fat, granulated sugar, light sugar, dark brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla, in a large mixer bowl, until it is well combined.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the cooked bacon pieces and chopped chocolate bits. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets at least 3-inches apart.
Bake in the oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Keep in a dry, airtight container for up to 5 days.
Here’s the cool part. You can print the recipe to make baking easier. Get baking!
Psst. Have you heard about the Bacon and Beer Classic? it’s an all-inclusive event, with guest receiving a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic cup. General admission tickets are $59 each. VIP experience tickets are available and provide access to a variety of exclusive privileges, including, but not limited to: one hour-early entrance, access to VIP areas on the warning track and inside the dugouts, and exclusive brew tastings.
For event information, please visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com. To purchase tickets online, go to www.baconandbeerclassicnyc.eventbrite.com/. The Bacon and Beer Classic is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bandbclassic.