Thursday, March 29, 2012

bacon chocolate chip cookies

raise your hand if you like bacon.....


now raise your hand if you like chocolate chip cookies.....



now mix it all together and you get a salty sweet snack that will rock your world :o)


does it sound a little gross?  well let me just tell you that this combination is actually very yummy.  my husband's "cousin in law" is a phenomenal cook.  she can take the most basic recipes and turn them into something amazing.  the other day she told us that she was going home to bake some cookies and said she needed to go to the store to get some bacon... for breakfast right?  wrong... for dessert :o)

she brought me some the next day and they were awesome!  she put some cayenne pepper in them with the bacon and the spicy, sweet and salty mixture was to die for.

she brought me the recipe, however i failed to bring it with me today so i found one online from "The Craving Chronicles" blog that i am going to share with you.

Ingredients

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) AP flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips, at least 60 percent cacao content
6 slices crisp cooked bacon, chopped

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Using a mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating completely after each addition. Add vanilla. Reduce mixer to lowest speed and carefully add flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips by hand.
Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 24 – 36 hours, up to 72 hours.
When ready to bake, set dough out at room temperature. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
When dough has warmed enough to be pliable but not too soft, fold in chopped bacon. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, measure 8 cookies out on a baking sheet. Bake one sheet at a time, 15-20 minutes or until edges are starting to brown. Cool 2-3 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

the cookies that I had actually had about a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper included which really made the flavor pop.  up to you if you want some spice or not!

i hope you enjoy these cookies, because i sure did :o)

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