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Jun242009

Bibbity Bobbity Bacon!

(Jeff Gaffigan gets full credit for this post's title.  Go to YouTube and watch his hilarious bacon "bit" (pun intended); you won't be sorry.)

I believe it was my coauthor and fabulous fellow foodie Adriana Velez who told me about the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies featured on the now-defunct blog Experiments in Deliciousness.  I looked it up and was intrigued.  I decided I must make some, but planned to devise my own recipe, since the EiD recipe seemed a little over the top to me. 

Yes, it's true: Luisa Perkins, enthusiastic consumer of all things rich and porky, the woman who once ate a roasted pig's head, found the recipe excessive.  I think it was the Maple Glaze and Bacon Garnish; that seemed a bit like gilding the lily to me.  I decided to go for something slightly more restrained.

I mentioned my plan to my dear pal Deb Barshafsky, a food writer who lives in Augusta, Georgia.  Deb promptly requested that I make her a batch.  I readily agreed, since I adore Deb and her partner, Marian. 

The Fates immediately began conspiring against me.  First I ran out of slave-free, fair-trade chocolate chips.  After those arrived, I found I was out of pastured bacon.  Once the freezer was restocked, the vacuum broke, the cat needed surgery, and I had to re-teach myself trigonometry.  Then I went and had that sweet baby, and a year went by.

Today, I finally made good on that long-ago promise.  Deb was one of my cookbook-naming contest winners, so I owed her a copy of Comfortably Yum, and I absolutely could not send it off without an accompanying tin of cookies.  Assuming Federal Express does its job, Deb and Marian should be opening up a box of deliciousness sometime tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

And delicious these babies are.  I searched high and low for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, one that produces rich, chewy, simple, not-overly-sweet cookies.  How providential to find that recipe practically next door, when my friend and Visiting Teacher, Melinda Higbee, brought such a batch over.  The following basic recipe is hers, and if you leave the bacon out, you'll still have a demmed fine cookie.

But try the bacon at least once.  It does not overpower at all; its presence in the cookie contributes subtle, slightly salty richness, a perfect backdrop to the dark chocolate.  Some of my children didn't even realize that today's batch had an extra ingredient in it.  So here's what I did, without further ado:

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 pound bacon

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla (yes, a tablespoon, not a teaspoon)

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

Fry the bacon in a hot skillet until crisp and brown.  Drain it on layers of paper towels.  Once it is cool, blot it with more paper towels.  Cut any white, flabby ends off the rashers and save them for another use (or just give them to your children, who will snap them out of the air like hungry sea lions).  Eat a whole rasher or two yourself; it's been a long time since lunch.  You'll end up with about half the original lot.  Using a very sharp knife, chop the bacon into very fine bits.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Cream the butter and the sugars together on your mixer's highest speed for a minimum of five minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple of times.  Add the egg and the vanilla and beat for another two minutes.  Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Finally, add the bacon bits and the chocolate chips and stir just until mixed.

Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets (use Silpat liners if you have them).  Bake for 12 minutes, or until cookies are a light golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheets, then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.  Put the bowl of remaining dough in the fridge between batches.  Makes about 3 dozen.

Cold milk is an indispensable accompaniment to these decadent, chewy wonders.  If the entire batch weren't already all gone, I wouldn't hesitate to eat these for breakfast.  Try them and see what you think.

 

 

Reader Comments (24)

Hmmm. I'm not so sure about bacon in something sweet. I'll stick with having it with my eggs and such. I guess I will never be labelled a foodie!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheffalump

Whoa. Bacon in cookies. I was going to say "Who'd a thunk" but the grammar needle in me was spinning like mad. Somehow, hiding it in those quotes made it less painful but I'm itching to take it out all the same. Er...ow...pushing...button....

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL.T. Elliot

"If the entire batch weren't already all gone, I wouldn't hesitate to eat these for breakfast." hahahaha. You are SO AWESOME. I would totally eat those for breakfast. Except that I don't think clearly enough to cook in the morning and if I made them the night before I would, um, eat them. :-D Sounds bizarrely divine. We'll have to give these a try... sometime when I get back into town .

Oh, and I personally own a copy of Comfortably Yum. Do the rest of you...? ;-)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrillig

I love chewy chocolate chip cookies and I love bacon, which is why I'm currently trying to lose massive amounts of weight for my wedding. But I'll totally try them on June 1 2010!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLilacspecs

I have to admit I turned up my nose when I first heard such a thing as bacon chocolate chip cookies existed. But the way you present it here, I can see why it would work. And frankly, wouldn't a little extra protein help rationalize the whole cookie thing?

My whole family LOVES Jim Gaffigan. We heard him do his whole bacon routine live last summer! Complete with "bibbidy-bobbidy-bacon". But my favorite part was that a hammock (note the ham reference) is a net for catching lazy people!

And the line I loved here was "I had to re-teach myself trigonometry." Haha. HUGE priority.
I'm guessing that your son was taking it, like mine was, and you were helping....

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercharrette

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this! BTW... we've been playing a game lately at the Eatwrite house - C came up with this thing at dinner and stated that no food couldn't be improved without EITHER chocolate OR bacon. We've been trying it out with all sorts of things (theoretically, or we'd all be porcine by now), but haven't found any foods for which that isn't true. What do you think?

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenofa2eatwrite

cookies with bacon in it. Now that's interisting! yumm, yumm. i'd need to change the recipe to leave out the chocolate though.

hmm and cold milk goes with any cookie for sure.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoofball

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I've read a number of bloggy bacon recipes (including three for bacon ice cream), but chocolate chip cookies are new. I am intrigued, but I'm a little leery, seeing what the Fates did to you when you attempted it.....

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTh.

Having previously discovered the felicitous combination that is peanut butter and bacon I'm already plotting my own bit of cookie experimentation.

I adore you for your daring.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Seeing the tablespoon of vanilla alone makes me love you all the more!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Chocolate and bacon? Must be the cookie of the gods...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Thought you might have fun with this: http://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/2009/05/19/sfa-fundraiser-all-about-bacon/

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenofa2eatwrite

i'd comment on this topic but my mother taught me it was impolite to speak while chewing!!

seriously - how honored do i feel to be the one sitting here with a tin of these cookies at my side? you even inspired me to put a new post on bitey ... see Special Deliveries.

thanks so much, luisa. very nice to have a little piece of you with us this evening.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

luisa - those who don't understand the lure of sweet and salty in one delicious cookie must never have had PMS ! even without PMS, this cookie gives new meaning to the term "crackalicious"!! ooooo thank you, thank you, thank you!!! we are in heaven!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarian

Luisa, everything you write about, including the concert a few weeks ago, manages to sound delicious. You have a true gift for bringing out the luciousness of life.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLee Ann Setzer

I'm all up for trying this, but I'm pretty sure Faramir would choke. Maybe if I made them without telling him what was in them. We've done the potato chip cookies before.

Hmmm . . .

Looks like I need to send him on a little jaunt and then make these while he's gone.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEowyn

I used to write a food column and one of my most popular recipes was for bacon-wrapped asparagus. I had one reader call and ask me what else he could wrap in bacon. Food wise, he wasn't getting fresh.

But this is intriguing. I've heard of using bacon grease in baking breats, but this is really different. I'll have to try it.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVirtualSprite

What will they think of next? Fried chicken bits in Girl Scout Tagalongs??

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTC

Too bad I can't eat chocolate. I wonder how these would taste with peanut butter chips...

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

Wow! This has got to be the most interesting chocolate chip cookie recipe that I have ever heard of. Definitely going to have to try it.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatheryn

summer - then you should try a peanut butter and bacon samdwich! those are excellent too! ... and you could probably make one in less time than baking cookies... but i do like the idea of using peanut butter chips - go for it and let us know!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarian

I'm not sure if my stomach would forgive me for eating a bacon cookie but... there is a doughnut shop near my house called "Voodoo Donuts" that serves a maple bar with two strips of bacon across the top. I am told it is simply amazing. Also, in the complimentary magazine given to my on my recent flight to Miami, there was a recipe for a BLT-INI, which is a martini made with strained tomato juice, shredded lettuce and a strip of crisp bacon. I don't drink but I can imagine it will soon replace Bloody Marys as the alcoholics breakfast drink of choice. When did bacon start taking over the world?

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKing

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So unless something goes arry in my plans, I'll be making these Saturday.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTh.

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