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Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

candied bacon chocolate chip cookie recipeIt 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.

candied bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe6 slices thick cut bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 brown sugar
2 eggs
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 400Β°. 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 350Β°. 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.
candied bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe
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Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients

Candied Bacon

  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Cookies

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10-ounce) package dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400Β°. 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.
  2. Reduce heat to 350Β°. 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.

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  1. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    July 16th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I’m one of those rare people that don’t like bacon. Weird, I know, but with that in mind these cookies look positively amazing! They look so soft and I’m pretty sure anything crysalized in brown sugar is bound to taste great! πŸ™‚

  2. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    My husband doesn’t really like bacon either, you are not alone. He will eat it in things, but he would never go out of his way.

  3. Sheri

    July 16th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hey Bree- these look amazing! My family motto is “Better living with Bacon”. Would you mind terribly if I (stole) featured your idea? I’d like to candy bacon and try it with my Magic Cookies recipe. I’d credit you and link to your site, but if you’d rather I didn’t than no problem. I’ll just try it privately for the pleasure of my bacon lovin family.

  4. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Not at all!

  5. June g.

    July 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    In my book, Bacon makes everything better! I haven’t heard about this CG tradition. . I’ll have to ask Ed about this snacky thing;) Haha!

  6. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I wonder if it is something that Wes just made up so that I will bake for him?????

  7. Bree

    July 16th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Whoa! These look AMAZING!

  8. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    they are Bree! Worth the splurge!

  9. Cathy @ Noble Pig

    July 16th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    You are speaking my language with this one…I am bacon-chocolate lovah”! Heck yeah with these and a thumbs up!!

  10. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    We speak the same language then. πŸ™‚

  11. Brandon

    July 16th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I agree, people go crazy over bacon in desserts. Personally, I’ve never had it, but I’ve seen bacon doughnuts, cakes, cookies, etc. I hate to follow the “bandwagon” method of thinking… but if so many people like it, it must be good!

  12. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I am a little over the trend, but it really is good. I love sweet and salty together.

  13. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    July 17th, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Freaking love these! And I love it even more that it’s made with candied bacon!

  14. Minnie(@thelady8home)

    July 17th, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Amazing ones. Anyone would automatically feel like picking up one and take a bite. πŸ˜€

  15. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I agree.

  16. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    July 17th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Are you kidding me? Bacon in chocolate chip cookies? I thought I loved you before but these cookies cemented the deal. OMG. Seriously amazing.

  17. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    LOL. For reals. And they are really, really good.

  18. Mikki Lee

    July 17th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Looks amazing! A few questions on the recipe, though, before I set out to try it! How many cookies does this yeild? (I assume a dozen, but you know what they say about making ASSumptions! lol) How much dough for each cookie? All, probably, obvious Q/A but I’m not much of a baker and need to ask the obvious in order to avoid kitchen disasters. :/

  19. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Probably closer to 2 dozen. It depends on how you scoop the dough. I use a small ice cream scooper. 2 Tablespoons?

  20. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    July 17th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I love the sweet + salty combo that you get when you add bacon to baked goods πŸ™‚ They always have chocolate-covered bacon at the California State Fair, and I love it!

  21. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Me too Katie. I have had the bacon chocolate bars and they are pretty good.

  22. Dee

    July 17th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Bree,

    Oh my! We are settled in Texas… 4 days after we got our household goods, had people over for dinner… steaks… veggies… Maple Cheesecake πŸ™‚ and home made ICE POPS πŸ™‚ This is going to be my tomorrow baking plan….Joe LOVES bacon… I am going to use wheat flour…I’ll let you know how it goes πŸ™‚

    Hugs!
    Deanna

  23. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    That is awesome! We haven’t even moved yet. We don’t move into our house for another month. We are having fun, but I am ready to be settled in our house.

  24. Stephanie

    July 17th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Oh man these look good. Sweet and salty! No wonder you had people asking you for the recipe

  25. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks Stephanie. I was surprised that they were such a big deal. But happy to share.

  26. Jacqueline@HowtobeaGourmand

    July 18th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Hi Bree,
    Isn’t it lovely when you get feedback or when someone asks you for a recipe?
    The cookies look very tempting.
    Candied Bacon is seeing a surge in the UK at the moment – one of the prolific food bloggers in the UK has started doing classes on candied bacon and they seem to be filling up quickly πŸ™‚

  27. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Yes, it really is! I am getting tired of bacon everything, but I do like it once in awhile. Who is the blogger?

  28. Doreen

    July 18th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I made these last and I was so excited! They pretty yummy, but I think I did something wrong, and I’d like to make them again.

    Could you help me troubleshoot? I think the difference was that I couldn’t bake them right away (I’ve got a toddler so something came up, ha!), so the complete batter sat in the fridge for half an hour before I could put them in the oven. So the bacon was more a chewy texture, and not a stand alone flavor, and it lost its “candied-ness” Sitting in the fridge for half an hour after mixing would do it, wouldn’t it?

  29. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hmmm… I think that might be the culprit. I think that putting the bacon in the batter in the fridge would add a lot moisture. Hope that it works better the next time.

  30. Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures

    July 18th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    These sound (and look) SO good! I love putting bacon in desserts – people think it’s weird, but the salty/sweet/savory combo is amazing.

    I’m on a quest to find the best CCC recipes and am hosting a link-up on August 15th – I hope you’ll add this post! Find out more about it here: https://bit.ly/NOm7mT

  31. bakedbree

    July 19th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I think so too. Sweet and salty is my favorite.

  32. Sarah

    July 24th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Candied bacon in desserts is THE BEST. I could just eat it all day long. nom nom nom. We also bring treats for our orals committee members in my grad school program – I thought it was just the norm everywhere too!

  33. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Good to know! It can’t hurt, right?

  34. Christine

    July 24th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog. What a beautiful website! These cookies look marvelous! Who would have thought that bacon would be a nice touch? Thanks for sharing.

  35. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    thank you and welcome!

  36. Mandy

    October 28th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Hi Bree, these look great! I wanna make them, just one quick question, what size are these sticks of butter? thanks!

  37. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    All butter sticks are 1/2 cup.

  38. Marie

    November 9th, 2012 at 2:10 am

    You have a lovely blog and these look delicious!

    I’m thinking of giving these to my boyfriend for Christmas. How long do you think these cookies would last? Or do you know if there’s a way I can make a mix to put in a jar so he can bake them later? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  39. bakedbree

    November 18th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    These would not work for a jar, but you could freeze them.

  40. JaNelle

    April 4th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Hi! Can you just make the bacon and use per made cookie dough? I have young kiddos, so I’m trying to cut out a step. πŸ™‚ suggestions?

  41. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I guess. I have never tried it. I have three young kids too, but these cookies are easier than store bought if you ask me. It is a melted butter recipe so you don’t need to cream the butter.

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