Two of my favorite things! Bacon and chocolate chip cookies! This is a perfect meld of flavors!!! After you make this the first time you can decide if you want more or less of any of the ingredients. But I must say, this is how I like them. NO THAT’S WRONG… this is how I LOVE THEM!!!
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We use a center cut (thinner) slice of bacon when making these. The thinner slices allow the bacon to crisp up a bit and you get an added “crunch” in each cookie. Either way – thick or thin – these are delish.
Cook time: 1 Hr 30 Min Prep time: 5 Hr Serves: 5 – 6 dozen
1 pkg bacon (thick slices)
1/2 c brown sugar, lightly packed
2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
4 Tbsp bacon drippings (that have cooled and become solid)
4 Tbsp margarine (softened)
1 stick buter, softened
1/2 c sugar
1 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 c pecans (chopped coarsely)
3 c dark bittersweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
2. Put the brown sugar in a medium-size bowl. Doing one strip of bacon at a time, put bacon in the bowl and totally coat with the brown sugar. Place the bacon flat on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until all are done. Any leftover sugar can be sprinkled onto the bacon in the baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes. Turn each piece of bacon over and baste with the bacon grease. Return to the oven and bake an additional 12 minutes (or until the bacon is well cooked and crisp… do not burn!). Remove from oven and set on rack to cool. Break up (or cut up) the bacon into small pieces the size of the chopped nuts and chocolate chips. Set aside until needed.
3. In a large bowl: Cream together the bacon grease, margarine, butter, and sugars. Add the eggs, vinegar, and vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture, when the dough is done, fold in the bacon, nuts and chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough in covered bowl for 3 hours minimum (I do mine overnight).
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
5. Drop a tablespoon of cookie dough at a time onto the parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on your oven). The cookies should be golden brown. Don’t remove them from the pan right away. Wait a couple of minutes first, then place cookies on a wire cooling rack. (If you don’t have a wire cooling rack, place on a wax paper lined surface to cool completely).