Monday, July 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Covered Candied Bacon

I may not be the biggest bacon fan (well, I don't really like it much at all...), but I do have some bacon lovers in my life. I was stumbling on the internet looking at recipes and blogs (as always) and came across this insane idea to cover cinnamon-sugar candied bacon in chocolate, chop it up, and throw it in a peanut butter cookie. First of all, I'd like to say that the peanut butter cookie batter alone was just absolutely amazing and is definitely something I will be using in the future. Secondly, I actually enjoyed the bacon. 

Go buy a pack of applewood smoked bacon and make half for breakfast and with the other half, make these delicious creatures..

Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Sugar Candied Bacon
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 sliced applewood smoked bacon (Only 4 needed for the recipe)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Take each slice of bacon and cover in mixed cinnamon and sugar. Lay each flat across the wire rack. If making these in a pan, be careful because the sugar caramelizes and becomes extremely sticky. In the oven, cook for 20-25 minutes flipping once. For either method of cooking, lay bacon across wire racks to cook down. If you place them on top of paper towels, due to the sticky nature, the paper towel doesn't quite come off too easily (trust me, I found this out through experience)

Let the bacon cool completely in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Melt the 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for 20-30 second intervals. After each one, stir and repeat until chocolate is fully melted. Do not overheat. Coat each piece of bacon in melted chocolate and place on parchment paper in the refrigerator to cool. 

For the cookie, I opted for chunky instead of creamy peanut butter and light brown sugar rather than dark brown!

The extra-large cookie is a special 21st birthday treat for my roommate!.. Tempted yet?

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Candied Bacon
(makes about 20-24 cookies depending on size)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup while sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 slices chocolate covered candied bacon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars together with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mixing until combined. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until a firm dough forms. Chop up bacon into smaller pieces and fold into batter. Drop large tablespoons of batter onto baking sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes. 

Cool completely, then devour. 
Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is

Yes, that is in fact a huge hunk of chocolate covered bacon...

Enjoy! :)

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