Skip to comments.In the Mood for Bacon Dessert? (Bacon Cookie Recipe)
Posted on 04/24/2010 8:09:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Pig Candy is not a dish you would expect a Michelin starred chef to serve, and youd be right. The great chefs use their bacon with far greater artistry, adding it to cupcakes and ice cream, to pumpkin pies, jam, milkshakes, cookies, and even to baclava. Though such bacon desserts may have begun as gourmet adventures, theyre now counted among the most popular food trends in recent years.
If youre feeling sceptical, remember that sweet and salty flavours often complement each other. When made with bacon, chocolate chip cookies, for instance, become richer, sweeter and more addictive. If youd like to try for yourself, why not start with candy? Choose back bacon, or bacon that is thick, very meaty, but lean.
Strips of bacon are rolled in dark brown sugar, with a hint of black pepper to give you a tingle. The strips are then arranged on a cookie rack, with a deep pan underneath to catch the drippings. All thats left to do is set the oven to 325 degrees and bake for approximately 20 minutes. Turn over once in the middle. If youre feeling more adventurous, here are a few other recipes.
Chocolate Chip-Bacon Pecan cookies
Just when you thought chocolate chip cookies couldnt be improved upon, along comes bacon chocolate chip cookies. Little bits of crisp, fatty bacon melt into the sweet, soft, chocolate-studded cookie dough, making these cookies chewy, rich and addictive.
Makes about 18 thin-and-chewy cookies
5 strips bacon 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature 1/2 cup white sugar 1/3 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla extract, and beat until just blended. Add the dry ingredients; beat until just incorporated and the flour is dissolved. Stir in the chocolate chips, pecans and bacon.
Drop one large tablespoon cookie dough 2 to 3 inches apart (as they will spread) on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until firm and golden brown around the edges, and still slightly soft in the centre. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes. Can be stored on countertop for one to two days, then refrigerated in an airtight container.
Variation: If you like your chocolate chip cookies thicker, follow this recipe.
Makes about 18 thick-and-chewy cookies
5 strips bacon 1 cup, plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 stick unsalted butter at room temperature 1/3 cup white sugar 1/3 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans Follow the same steps from the thin version above.
Salty, crunchy bacon with smooth, rich chocolate and earthy peanuts. Makes 10 to 12 servings, depending on the size of the pieces
Ingredients: 8 strips bacon 16 ounces semisweet chocolate (chunks or chips are fine) 1 cup unsalted peanuts
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add chocolate to a double boiler. If you dont have one, fill a pan with a couple of inches of water.
Place a glass bowl over the pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water underneath. Once the water begins to boil, add the chocolate chips. Using a spatula, stir continuously, until smooth and creamy.
Stir in the bacon and peanuts. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to 3/8-inch thickness. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. The bark should be hard and chilled.
Place bark on a cutting board and cut into pieces any size or shape youd like. Serve at about room temperature.
Such a unique and interesting post could only have come from you!
I’ll definitely take that as a compliment!
The most kosherest after-dinner treat in the world!
Well, bacon does make everything better.
I was just about to ping you.
Let’s carpet-bomb the Middle East with these cookies.
Send a pan or two to CAIR, or perhaps Iran’s Ragheadijihad.
My mom used to make peanut butter cookies with a little bacon grease added in. :o) LOVED them!
Only 30 days ‘til I get my Bakon Vodka
I know a woman who was using bacon fat in her cakes 40 yrs., or so, ago. I can’t tell you how surprised I was by the first bite of chocolate cake I tasted at her house!
I did NOT like it then, and I can’t imagine that my tastes have changed that much at this late date. lol.
Jack Webb and Bobby Troup? Lucky, lucky men.
Bobby was smarter though ;)
Hold this, please.
I don’t get that one :) What do you mean by that?
Okay, maybe not. I didn’t want the bacon tiramisu anyway.
Here is Course #6 of a 5 hour, 24 course meal:
06 BACON butterscotch, apple, thyme
As yes, the infamous bacon, a "single piece of limp bacon in butterscotch, apple and thyme and hung on a tiny silver clothesline," according to Esquire's John Mariani. If any dish were to be named "signature," this would be it. Though my piece was not limp, it was not exactly crisp from the frying pan either. Instead, it was rigid, yet flexible, a fine balance of texture going along with a fine balance of sweet and savory, an amalgam of smoky sweet flavor that goes together surprisingly well. The dish was a favorite of one of my dining companions.
To see the entire 24 cousre train wreck, complete with severl "EXPLOSIONS of flavor!": Alinea (Chicago, IL)
Plebian me, I'll take an Amish or Basque 'family style' meal.
That was the line Julie London’s husband, Bobby Troup, had in M*A*S*H.
Zooks....trend had to have started in the south.
Even Chicken is fried in bacon grease to be properly southern fried.
Was that the movie or t.v. series? I never did see the movie and I should because I watched the tv show as a kid and enjoyed it.
Thanks for that. It’s always one of those movies on my list I have always wanted to see. I will make it a point to see it this weekend on DVD.
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