I hope Santa likes these cookies because I sure did. I mean, how can you go wrong when you bake bacon with brown sugar and add it to chocolate cookie dough and bake again with sugar and bacon on top? Seriously. I mean, seriously. They are a perfect combination of salty and sweet. I tried to make them a few different ways, it was decided this one was the best (decided by the husband and I at least). The orginal recipe inspiration roots from a Chocolate Vegan Cookie Recipe by Joy the Baker. Sorry, this version, obviously, is in no way vegan.
Chocolate Bacon Cookies (adapted from Joy The Baker)
What You Need:
12 oz of Thick Cut Bacon
2 Tbsps Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Cup Sugar
A bit of Sugar and Salt for topping
To Cook The Bacon.
Layer a baking sheet with heavy duty foil.
Line up bacon and sprinkle with the brown sugar, you can add as much or as little as you want. I found that 2 tablespoons did the trick.
Bake on the middle rack on 350*F for 20 minutes. Ovens vary, for mine, 20 minutes was perfect, but watch it carefully around 16 to see how crispy it is looking. You want it crispy, but NOT BURNT!
Once its done, place it on a cutting board to cool (it will stick to paper towels, so beware).
After it has cooled, chopped it all up and set aside. (You'll be mixing about 3/4ths of the bacon into the mix and saving the rest to top the cookies)
- Get out 2 medium size bowls.
- In one bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa , baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In the second bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla.
- The pour all the wet stuff into the dry stuff – BEFORE mixing it all together, add the 3/4ths of your chopped up bacon and chocolate chunks THEN mix is all together.
- So you may find this mix to be pretty thick and maybe dry, don't fret, it will be. Just keep mixing it until all of the dry stuff is combined.
- When it's all mixed, toss it in the fridge while you prep your baking sheets and the oven heats.
Turn the oven on for 350* again. Line two baking sheets with parchment papers. Once the oven is all heated up, take the dough out of the fridge and using a spoon, scoop out about a tablespoons worth of dough and mold into a ball with your hands.
Then, using the heel of your palm, flatten the dough (they don't rise so the size you flatten it to will be the size is cooks). Sprinkle bacon, a little sugar and a very little bit of kosher salt and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Cook on a rack for a few minutes before you burn your tongue.
A there you have it. Chocolate Bacon Cookies.