Saturday, December 28, 2013

Candied Bacon & Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe from Tidy Mom


What you need:

5 slices of bacon (raw)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 cups minus 2 Tbsp cake flour
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup bacon grease (chilled)
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp granulate sugar
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 TBsp bourbon
8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips

How to make them:

Candied Bacon
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Toss bacon strips in 1/4 cup maple syrup in a medium size bowl, then lay bacon on prepared pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove bacon from oven, allow to cool, then crumble and set aside.

Cookies
Heat oven to 350˚F.
Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pepper into a bowl, set aside.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, bacon grease, and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in the vanilla and bourbon.
Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds.
Drop chocolate chips and crumbled bacon in and mix into dough.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop out a tablespoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheets at least 3 inches apart.
Bake until golden brown but still soft, 9-11 minutes.
Transfer sheet to wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. 
Serve warm or room temperature and ENJOY!





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