Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I was really excited when I saw that the theme for October’s Crazy Cooking Challenge was to make the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie.  A few days prior, I had come across a post from Kelsey of Apple A Day touting the best ever chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Everyone knows that chewy cookies are much better than their crispy counterparts.  Her recipe included something that most cookie recipes don’t have: Cornstarch.  I was certainly intrigued so I dropped everything and made them and they were definitely as amazing as advertised.  They stayed light and fluffy and didn’t spread out while baking.  They were almost perfect little circles of dough, most definitely the prettiest cookies I’ve ever made.

But how do you better the best?  By adding BACON, of course!

Don’t be scared… Bacon and baked goods get along just swimmingly.  It provides just a smidge of saltiness, which I feel is essential in a cookie, and balances out the sweetness of the sugars.  Don’t knock it until you try it!

Since we’re looking to find the ultimate cookie, make sure you buy Nueske’s bacon.  Sure, you could use the cheaper store name brand, but why not use the best?!

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies – adapted from Apple A Day (sans bacon)

  • 6 Strips Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Cup. Flour
  • 2 tsp. Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place 1/4 cup brown sugar in a shallow dish.  Dredge raw bacon to coat.  Transfer sugar coated bacon to a cold skillet and place over medium heat.  Cook bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes per side.  When cooked, drain slices on a paper towel lined plate, then chop finely.

Add the butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl) and cream together until light and fluffy.  Mix in the egg and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until well mixed.  Fold in chocolate chunks and bacon.

Using a cookie scoop, drop balls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 8-11 minutes until barely golden around the edges.  The tops of the cookies will not brown, be careful not to overbake.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Try to save some to share with others!  It will be tough, but have some willpower!

Be sure to check out the other entries for the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie below!

UPDATE (10/14/11):  These cookies were chosen as a Friday Favorite on My Favorite Finds!

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22 Responses to Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  1. Mmmm, what a fantastic combo. Bacon is meat candy, and perfect when added to a chocolate chip cookie!

  2. I so want to make these! I love the bacon kick right now! Thanks for this great one!!!

  3. Interesting. I am going to try this. I love sweet/salty combinations. Awesome for trying this! I think I would’ve been afraid to even try a recipe for cookies with bacon. Way to go!

    Mondays, I am starting a link party entitled “Must Try Mondays” if you’d like to link up some “must try” recipes.

  4. Love the sweet and salty mix. LOVE me some bacon!!! Great CCC pick :)

  5. Seriously! Who knew there are so many way to make choc chip cookies :) I would love you to check mine out, they are #5. Thanks!

  6. Yum!!! Bacon sounds like an amazing addition to chocolate chip cookies…I definitely need to try that!! I am intrigued by the cornstarch in the recipe. I’ll have to give it a try!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I like the idea of salty and sweet, but I would never of thought of bacon…but I’m glad you did. I will have to put this on my list of ‘things I wanna try!’

  8. These look pretty stellar – I’m all for putting bacon in desserts. I just found this site, looks pretty cool! I love the name!

  9. Wow…I have never had bacon in cookies before…but it sounds good and I think I need to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I honestly can’t imagine putting bacon into anything sweet, but I know that people do that sometimes! You definitely brought something new to the table with these cookies :) They look nice and chewy!

  11. I don’t know if I could be as adventurous as you, but you sure made adding bacon sound good! I’m #48 in the challenge. :)

  12. I made bacon cookies for the challenge too!! Tell me I wasn’t alone in thinking they were delicious! Yours look great!!

    ~Nikki #41

    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/candied-bacon-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

  13. Bacon in chocolate chip cookies totally rocks, great entry!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my entry, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  14. Jey thanks for stopping by my blog! Yes, it did take some willpower to wait to bake my cookies :) Yours sound VERY intriguing. I’ve never had cookies with bacon in them. Just the thought of sweet/salty sounds delicious!

  15. Your Cookies look great! It is fun cooking with you, I am #15. Hope you are having a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

  16. I love a good salty-sweet combo!

  17. Cookies look great!!!!!!

  18. wow…sounds divine..
    first time here..nice space you have..
    very interesting presentation..
    happy following u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  19. I’ve been wanting to try Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies for a long time now! Actually it was either bacon chocolate chip or hot chocolate chip, so I went with Hot Chocolate Chip instead. But I will eventually make some of these, sound so good!! Bacon makes everything better!! Come check out my entry #34, Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies!

    http://kaylasmalltownlife.blogspot.com/2011/10/crazy-cooking-challenge-2-ultimate-hot.html

  20. Awesome! Love bacon and chocolate!

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