It is pretty rare for me to post a recipe without step-by-step directions, but I felt that this one was worth posting regardless. I made these cookies for my husband to give out when he was taking his oral comp boards right before we left Kansas. Not as a bribe or anything, I had all the faith in the world that he would be awesome, but it happens to be a Coast Guard tradition. When you show up for a board, you are supposed to bring something for the board members to munch on. I don’t know if this happens in areas other than aviation, but I have made my fair share of board treats over the years.
Apparently, this is not an Army tradition.
When he showed up with drinks and cookies for the board, they thought that he was insane. Who brings snacks to graduate school? He explained that it is what they do in the Coast Guard. They shrugged and proceeded to inhale these cookies. I think that Army culture may be changed for boards from this point out. We have since left Kansas, and I have gotten two emails from people sitting on the board asking for this recipe. I guess they were good. So this is for the kind people that sent me emails asking for this recipe, I am so glad that you liked them.
I know what you are thinking. Bacon and chocolate chip cookies? Yup. It works. Totally, totally works. Make these, and be prepared to hand out the recipe. I promise that people will be asking.
6 slices thick cut bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 (10-ounce) package dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, and place a cooling rack on top. Coat the bacon with brown sugar. Bake for 10 minutes, turn the bacon over and continue to bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Cool, and chop into small pieces. Set aside.
Reduce heat to 350°. In a large bowl, combine melted butter and both sugars. Add eggs, and mix until well combined. Add vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. Add chocolate chips and reserved bacon pieces. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely on a cooling rack.