Candied Bacon-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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I’ve always considered myself to to be a hip and trendy kind of girl, especially when I was in my twenties.  As you get older, though, it gets a little harder to pull it off.  Still, I try to keep up with the times.  Having a sixteen year old daughter around to keep me informed doesn’t hurt either!

I’m a pretty adventurous “foodie” type person as well, both in restaurants and in my own kitchen.   Never one to shy away from trying new things, I’ve eaten a lot of foods that many would run from. (Although, I do draw the line at bugs and things that are still moving! But, I think you get my drift.)

One recent food trend that I’ve had a hard time wrapping my taste buds around, however, is the gratuitous pairing of bacon with various dessert foods. Don’t get me wrong.  I really like bacon – on a cheeseburger or lying next to some scrambled eggs.  But, bacon cupcakes?  Huh!  How about some bacon ice cream? Um…I don’t think so.   So, while I continued to read rapturous accounts of the love affair among bacon, butter, flour and sugar,  I still remained unmotivated to jump on the crowded bacon desserts bandwagon. Until this past Super Bowl Sunday, that is.

Mr. SGCC and I were invited to a Super Bowl Party, and of course I couldn’t show up empty handed.  I wanted to come up with something that a bunch of beer guzzling, chili eating sports fans would go for.  I also wanted something that wouldn’t drip, run or spill. (All that beer guzzling makes you sloppy.)  I could have just baked some regular old chocolate chip cookies, but anyone could do that.  I’m the Queen of SGCC-Land!  I had to step it up a little. People expect more from me! (Oh, the pressure!)

I was scrambling for ideas, and then I thought, “What about bacon?”.

BACON! In chocolate chip cookies?  Hmmm.  Why not?  It could work.  And, it did.

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I found a recipe for Candied Bacon on David Lebovitz’s site that looked like a good place to start. I used thick cut bacon slices, smothered them in brown sugar and baked them until they were all gooey and caramelized.  I could have just slapped that bacon on a plate and stopped there.  It was THAT good!  In fact, I had a hard time keeping Mr. and Mini SGCC from eating the whole batch while I prepared the cookie dough.

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(It’s okay. They’re really not burned.)

The original recipe for the cookies, minus the bacon, comes from David’s, Great Book of Chocolate.   It’s one of my favorite recipes for chocolate chips cookies, turning out lovely thin cookies that are perfectly crisp around the edges and nice and chewy in the middle.   I don’t think these would be nearly as successful with a thicker, cakier cookie.  But, that’s just me.

Making these Candied Bacon-Chocolate Chunk Cookies was no more difficult than making any other kind of chocolate chip cookies, which isn’t difficult at all, except that you have to make the candied bacon first.  Here’s how you do it:

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Once you have your candied bacon cooled and chopped into bits, you’re ready to make the cookies, themselves.

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Oh, lordy, lordy, lordy!  Were these cookies ever good!  I never in a million years thought I would like them so much, but I did.  So did everyone else, too.  They were the perfect combination of smoky/salty/sweet all wrapped up in a neat little package.    The bacon flavor was subtle.  When you took a bite, you knew there was something different and interesting in that cookie, but you just couldn’t quite put your finger on what it was.  The other guests at the party devoured them, and were incredulous when I told them what was in them.

“Bacon?  Are you serious?  No way!” (Yes, way.)

I handed out more cards that day than ever before.  People wanted those cookies!

If you’re still a little leery of using bacon in sweets, don’t be.  It isn’t as scary as it seems.  Just go for it!  Your taste buds will thank you.

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50 responses to Candied Bacon-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. On February 17, 2010 at 2:30pm, Eliana said...

    I consider myself to be adventurous when it comes to food (espeically dessert) but have yet to embrace this trend. I may have to not because these cookies look incredible!

  2. On February 17, 2010 at 2:59pm, Nicole Spasiano said...

    they sounds great!!!!!! I think candied bacon would be amazing!!! of course adding that to a chocolate chip cookie sounds good.

  3. On February 17, 2010 at 3:25pm, Memoria said...

    When I saw the blackness around the bacon, my first thought was, “Oh no, not on the SILPAT!!” LOL!!! These cookies look quite interesting. I’m not that crazy about bacon in savory foods; I wonder if I would feel the same with bacon in desserts. Hmmmmmm…. Lovely photos as usual.

  4. On February 17, 2010 at 3:28pm, The Italian Dish said...

    Oh, man, Susan. These are bold! We were at a dinner in Chicago this weekend and for the Amuse, they serve chocolate covered candied bacon. So yeah, bacon and chocolate go together. I bet these taste great.

  5. On February 17, 2010 at 3:29pm, Colleen said...

    Ohhhhh how scrumptious do these sound and look? I was fascinated when you first mentioned them and have been waiting for this post!! Thank you Susan. Your photos are stunning as ever. xx

  6. On February 17, 2010 at 3:42pm, LizAnderson said...

    Oh — you had me at Candied Bacon!
    In the book, The Sweet Potato Queens Big A$$ Cook Book (And Financial Planner) they call that magical, mystery substance Piggy Candy. Adding chocolate isn’t exactly gilding the lily — more like rounding out the meal.

    I look forward to “having a reason” to make these!

  7. On February 17, 2010 at 4:23pm, Rosa said...

    OMG, they must be to die for! I really have to use bacon in sweet treats!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  8. On February 17, 2010 at 4:48pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I’m of two minds on this. I love sweet/salty. I love bacon in sweets. The idea of candied bacon makes my heart go pitter-pat. Bacon is great dipped in the syrup wiht your pancakes. Bacon seems ideal for sweet treats.

    But one day I saw a bacon chocolate bar on the shelf and bought it. It was so diappointing! It was not the ecstasy I had hoped it would be (bacon and chocolate are the two most beautiful foods on earth after all – why shouldn’t they combine well?). Terribly disappointing.

    I’d definitely give these a try though. Candied bacon in cookie dough is probably way better than dried-up old bacon in factory-made chocolate bars. I would want to taste one before I went ahead with the recipe. Do you mind sending me a few so I can judge for myself. ;-)

  9. On February 17, 2010 at 4:52pm, snookydoodle said...

    oh what an interesting recipe. I would eat a couple of these :)

  10. On February 17, 2010 at 4:56pm, Cathy said...

    Oh my – you just went to the top of my baking pile for this Sunday with this recipe. Yum!

  11. On February 17, 2010 at 6:43pm, bellini valli said...

    Well I would have to say they are pretty cool and hip Susan:D

  12. On February 17, 2010 at 6:58pm, Joan Nova said...

    I love the idea of the salt/crunch that bacon would add to the sweet/gooey chocolate chip cookies.

  13. On February 17, 2010 at 7:41pm, Manggy said...

    My friend and I went to a dessert shop and had a chocolate bread pudding with a choice of vanilla sauce or bacon sauce. Having just eaten a croque madame, my friend was feeling nauseous at the thought of more meaty flavors – and vanilla on the other hand was probably a good cure. Meanwhile, I’m back here in Manila alternating chocolates and potato chips. I say, bring on the bacon! :) But, I draw the line at ice cream (the idea of cold congealed animal fat makes me ill.)

  14. On February 17, 2010 at 10:10pm, Honor said...

    Madness! Madness, I say! I also never tried the bacon sweets thing, really. Now you have me incredibly curious… :-)

  15. On February 17, 2010 at 10:29pm, Kathy - Panini Happy said...

    I’ve been meaning to try bacon chocolate chip cookies – heard such wonderful things about them. Yours look terrific! Have also wanted to try candied bacon. Brilliant idea to combine the two.

  16. On February 17, 2010 at 10:36pm, nina said...

    Ok, Ok, I give in. Just like you I have also had a mental block against using bacon in sweet recipes….up until now. How can anyone resist those cookies? Damn they look so good!!!!

  17. On February 17, 2010 at 11:36pm, Jackie said...

    Like you, I never really embraced the bacon-with-everything mentality (although the Vosgue bacon bar is amazing). Glad to hear of your success with it!

  18. On February 18, 2010 at 8:02am, Cristine said...

    I must say I am very intrigued. Sounds yummy!

  19. On February 18, 2010 at 8:27am, shelly (cookies and cups) said...

    Oh wow! I really want to try these! I made peanut butter cookies with bacon a while back and they weren’t my favorite, but I think it could have been that the peanut butter cookie was really not my favorite, but THIS!…these look so interesting and good! That candies bacon wouldn’t last long in my house..I’d have to make these while the kids are at school :)

  20. On February 18, 2010 at 9:13am, grace said...

    you might as well call the “how to make candied bacon” section “how to glimpse heaven whilst still on earth.” amazing. :)

  21. On February 18, 2010 at 10:32am, Linda said...

    I HAVE to try this!!! Bacon really does make everything taste better doesn’t it?

    This is a brilliant recipe…you are such a baking goddess!

  22. On February 18, 2010 at 11:26am, Dawn@CocinaSavant said...

    ooh goodness, this recipe is perfect for us. i love putting bacon in all kinds of things. over Christmas I brought some chocolate covered bacon caramels to a family reunion, and you should have seen everyone’s face when I finally admitted what was in the caramel, it was priceless. i can’t wait to add these to our bacon dessert line up :)

  23. On February 18, 2010 at 12:10pm, The Food Hunter said...

    I am making these for my trainers birthday next week. She is always talking about her two favorite things are bacon and chocolate.

  24. On February 18, 2010 at 12:33pm, tia said...

    deep breath! ok… i might give these a shot! :)

  25. On February 19, 2010 at 5:44am, Deb said...

    Went ort to dinner tonight with daughter and her roommate. Roomie’s birthday was a couple of days ago and daughter needed to stop at a special store for something as a gift. She’d heard this particular store had chocolate covered bacon candy bars. They didn’t.

    Daughter’s birthday is in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to surprise them with a bag of cookies. ;>

    Thank you so much for the recipe and the perfect timing!

  26. On February 19, 2010 at 3:36pm, 3 Baking Sheets said...

    I don’t know how you were able to resist eating all that candied bacon by itself.

    These cookies look insane…in a GREAT way.

  27. On February 19, 2010 at 5:46pm, cookie dough fundraisers said...

    omgoodness these look good. do they still turn out chewy in the middle?

  28. On February 20, 2010 at 5:42pm, Emily said...

    Hi Susan,
    Love the site, and loved the idea of these cookies. I am currently in the middle of making them and ran up to my computer because I could not see how much salt to use in your recipe (I don’t have that particular Lebovitz book). Am I going blind (very possibly) or is there no mention of the 1/4 tsp of salt in your recipe?

    Anyway, I cannot wait to taste these suckers. The smell of bacon drove me crazy this afternoon.

    • On February 20, 2010 at 8:06pm, Donna said...

      This trend is interesting and I’m sure it tastes great BUT…
      If you are going somewhere like a potluck situation PLEASE label them as being non-vegetarian. Dessert is usually a safe refuge after having to navigate the main course for non-vegetarian hazards. Choc chip cookies are usually safe for starving vegetarians. But obviously these ones are not.

  29. On February 20, 2010 at 8:50pm, FFichiban said...

    These sure look divine!! and YAYY candied bacon with chocolate haha cant beat that combo mmmmm

  30. On February 21, 2010 at 4:03pm, Toni Rae said...

    Last cookie sheet is in the oven as week speak! So delicious! Thanks for thinking out of the box and sharing your creative ideas! Cheers :)

  31. On February 21, 2010 at 7:15pm, Bethhh said...

    At some coffee shop they sell chocolate with bacon bits in it…SOO good.

  32. On February 22, 2010 at 4:26pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    Wow, Susan! I could totally go for one of these right now!

  33. On February 22, 2010 at 4:37pm, CookiePie said...

    Those look devilishly great!!!

  34. On February 23, 2010 at 10:18am, Brooke said...

    i just attempted to candy the bacon and i burnt it! i couldn’t tell if it was done because of the color the sugar gave it and i overcooked it :( i am off to the store for more bacon to try again. now i know what to look for hopefully i won’t burn it a second time. my bacon was regular cut too, not thick like you used, so i think that had a lot to do with the burning of the bacon. i can’t wait to try these cookies!

  35. On February 23, 2010 at 3:41pm, Brooke said...

    i just finished making these and they are absolutely divine! thank you for posting this recipe!

  36. On February 24, 2010 at 11:55pm, Carolyn Jung said...

    I didn’t think it was possible to really improve on a classicly good chocolate chip cookie. But by gosh, you have! ;)

  37. On February 25, 2010 at 6:54pm, tracey said...

    i just made these and i do believe they are the best cookies i have ever eaten. my husband agrees. i may never make chocolate chip cookies without candied bacon again (unless of course i know there will be vegetarians present.) :)

  38. On February 26, 2010 at 9:22am, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    Wow, reading the comments, it seems like you’ve started a trend! Congratulations. I don’t think I’ll ever be adventurous enough to try this!

  39. On February 26, 2010 at 2:16pm, Megan said...

    What a fun recipe! My boyfriend is a huge fan of bacon so I might just have to whip up a batch of these for him!

  40. On March 01, 2010 at 12:11am, Livin Local said...

    The teen age cookie baker in the house is excited to add this to her repertoire!

  41. On March 02, 2010 at 11:46pm, Gabi said...

    Your cookies look beautiful! Exactly the chocolate chip cookie consistency I love.

    Though I am vegetarian, I was highly intrigued by your recipe and might try it out on some friends. But your intro about bacon in sweets as a trend reminded me of a very strange thing I say in the front of book round-up in Bon Appetit this month – maple syrup seltzer!

  42. On March 23, 2010 at 5:21pm, emiglia said...

    As soon as Lent is over, these are at the top of my list :)

  43. On March 25, 2010 at 2:50pm, Lakeshia A. said...

    I just came across this site. I love it. I will try to bake hte candied bacon chocolate chunk cookies.

  44. On July 28, 2010 at 1:29pm, JD said...

    Just wanted to say these are fantastic – they are a huge hit every time I make them, and my 8 year old son loves teasing the newbies about the SECRET ingredient. The first time I made them, my son paused the Wii, came out to the kitchen and asked what I was making because it smelled delicious and he wanted to try it…he PAUSED the Wii!! Thanks so much for a fun, delicious and different recipe!

  45. On August 29, 2010 at 7:51pm, Kenzie said...

    We tried the candied bacon at Christmas and the family loved it. It was super easy .. I wasn’t sure how people would react to it, but they loved it. Thanks for the idea!
    -Kenzie
    Stock Pots

  46. On November 23, 2010 at 9:11pm, Shaun said...

    Hi – Can I ask you two questions about this? One, did you or would you suggest cutting back on the salt in the recipe to compensate for the saltiness of the bacon, or leave it the same? My other question – did you chill or freeze the dough before baking? I’m wondering, if I did chill or freeze the dough, if the sugar on the candied bacon would melt. Thanks for any thoughts.

  47. On December 02, 2010 at 10:05am, Cheri said...

    I love candied bacon. My friend told me to add red pepper flakes on top of the brown sugar – oh my goodness is it good! It’s the only way I make bacon at home now.

  48. On December 23, 2010 at 1:29pm, Kathleen said...

    Candied bacon is my husband’s new favorite snack bite after work. He only takes 1/2 strip, but I now make way more than I plan to use. Instead of chips I chopped chocolate into chunks and tossed it all into the dough, choco shaves and all, and found that mixture too dense – the chocolate overwhelmed the bacon. I doubled the dough and added more bacon, and that ratio was about right for me.

  49. On December 08, 2011 at 11:47am, Sarah said...

    I can’t seem to get my bacon as crispy and golden as yours. It seems my bacon is rendering a lot of fat compared to your photos. Any tips?

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