Friday, April 19, 2013

He-Man Cookies

Don't let the title of these seemingly strange cookies fool you, for they are sure to please any palate. After all, bacon goes with everything, right? After visiting the Oklahoma State Fair with my family last year and tasting the oddly delicious treats that abounded, mostly deep-fried mind you, we came across a new sensation. Chocolate covered bacon....who knew that the sweet and salty combination would become so popular and gain such renown. To celebrate my father's birthday this year (25 years young, again) I took it upon myself to   create something that was just different enough to grab attention, but still held the familiarity that we all know and love. Chocolate chips cookies mixed with crispy, smoky bacon pieces. Bliss? The recipe may have been taken from the back of the Nestle bag, and the bacon is not some organic specially smoked or seasoned variety, this recipe is truly bringing baking back to the basics. Two distinct flavors blended together to create something new and exciting. Try taking these to your next spring get-together and see how the compliments rain down upon you!

He-Man Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted and softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 12 oz. of chocolate chips (1 bag)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups chopped bacon, 1/2 pieces
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Fry a whole package of bacon, cause you can never go wrong with too much, and set it aside to cool. Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl and gradually add them to the wet mixture, beating well. After the bacon has cooled chop it into 1/2 inch pieces, measuring out the desired amount. With a rubber spatula stir the chocolate chips and bacon into the cookie batter. Spoon the batter onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 -14 minutes, until golden. This recipe makes 'about 5 dozen' according to the bag, but you just may need to make more, because they go fast!
Happy Birthday, to my ole' man :)

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