July 30, 2014

Soft and Gooey Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

The search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe has been a long and difficult one. I have made many, tasted tons, and liked a few. But none were exactly what I was looking for. Finally, after merging a few recipes and ingredients and testing them out, I came up with exactly what I wanted in a chocolate chip cookie! These are gooey and soft {I'm not a fan of crunchy and thin} and sweet and salty. The candied bacon was an experiment gone very very RIGHT! I wasn't sure how I would like the bacon-chocolate combo but in this cookie, they are a match made in heaven! Give them a try, I promise you'll thank me! 

*Not a fan of bacon in sweets? Don't use it and you've still got one heck of a delicious soft chocolate chip cookie! 

Ingredients:


For the bacon:
·         8 slices thick cut bacon
·         ½ cup brown sugar

For the cookies:
·         ¾ cup butter, softened
·         ¾ cup brown sugar
·         6 tbsp white sugar
·         1 egg (whole)
·         1 egg yolk
·         1 tbsp vanilla
·         2 cups flour
·         1 tsp cornstarch
·         1 tsp baking soda
·         ½ tsp salt
·         1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
·         Candied bacon, diced

Directions:

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.       Place bacon in a single layer on a foil lined sheet.
3.       Sprinkle brown sugar on top of bacon strips. Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy, making sure to turn bacon over after 10 minutes.
4.       Remove from oven and place on a wire rack for cooling. Once bacon has cooled chop it finely.
5.       Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
6.       Sift flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda.
7.       In a medium bowl with a stand mixer, cream butter with the white and brown sugar.
8.       Add vanilla, egg, and egg yolk to the bowl and beat until light and creamy.
9.       Add flour mixture slowly and mix well.
10.   Add diced candied bacon and chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
11.   Scoop golf ball sized balls of dough (I use an ice cream scoop) on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
12.   Remove from oven and let cookies sit on the pan for a couple of minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool.
13.   Try not to eat them all in one serving! Store in a sealed container.

Candied Bacon recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Candied Bacon is seriously addicting y'all! 
Preheat oven to 350. Cover a baking sheet in aluminum foil and lay
 8 slice of thick cut bacon in rows on the aluminum.
Cover with brown sugar. 
Bake for 10 minutes, then flip slices of bacon and bake for another 10 minutes. 
I made the mistake at first of putting on a paper towel to drain. Wrong! Sticky bacon sticks to the paper, silly! Lay your bacon on a plate to cool. 
Once cooled, dice candied bacon {try not to sneak too many pieces}. 
Now time for the cookies.....
Turn oven down to 325 degrees.
Cream softened butter and brown and white sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth. 
Sift together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. 
Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to the cookie dough.
Slowly pour in the flour mixture on low speed and mix until combined.
Now time for the good stuff! 
Using a rubber spatula stir in chocolate chips and diced candied bacon.
This cookie dough is chunky and looks soooo good! Resist the urge to eat it now! 
I used an ice cream scoop and made jumbo cookie dough balls, 6-8 spaced evenly on a lined baking sheet,
Pop these babies in the oven for about 12-15 minutes until lightly golden on top.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly on the tray before moving them to a rack to cool. 
Don't worry- even after they're cooled they are still soft and gooey! 
This poor cookie lasted long enough for me to take this one picture before I gobbled it up!
Ah, the life of a food blogger!
Chocolate and Bacon-together they are a heavenly match, my friends! 
I mailed most of these to some lucky friends {you know who you are!} but I saved a few to share with my sweets-loving husband and daughter {ok, ok, I saved them because I wanted to devour them immediately}. 
If you're a fan of salty and sweet or a bacon-chocolate lover you are in for a serious treat! 




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3 comments:

  1. That.looks.so.addictively.good!!! I never would have thought of putting candied bacon in chocolate chips, but you've totally sold me on it!

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    1. I made larger size cookies (6-8 per baking sheet) so I believe I got about a dozen cookies.

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