Nothing is more festive than holiday baking. Or at least that’s what they tell me.
So, why not make something that you’re pretty much guaranteed none of your friends or family have tried before? Brown Sugar Bacon cookies are the perfect balance of a sweet treat interspersed with salty, umami morsels.
Actually, you may even be better off making these as gifts to give away. Mine sat on my counter and got all cold and eaten. By me. No amount of Crossfit training can fix that kind of binge.
But seriously, they’re so easy to make and really quite delicious.225 grams unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cups brown sugar ½ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 ½ cups plain flour 1 tsp baking soda 250 grams bacon, chopped into small pieces
(makes more cookies than you’ll ever need for yourself)
Preheat oven to 180/350 and line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Start by frying off your bacon in a skillet or pan. Though it will cook a lil more in the oven gummy bacon pieces don’t actually have amazing textural appeal, so do your best to get it as crispy as possible. Once cooked, place on paper towel to soak up some of the grease.
Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, and beat until the mixture is well combined and turns slightly pale, 3-4 mins. Yup, you’re creaming the butter and the sugar.
Add in eggs, salt, vanilla and baking powder, and mix for a further minute.
Add in flour and beat until just combined.
Pour in your cooled bacon pieces and mix through with a wooden spoon. This is also the point where i choose to eat just enough cookie dough to make me sick.
Use a scoop or spoon to place even sized balls of dough on the baking trays. Leave enough room between each dough ball – the cookies will expand quite a bit during baking.
Place them in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until they start getting a nice golden colour on top. If you prefer your cookies chewier, take them our a few minutes earlier.
Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Well, whatchya waiting for!?
Posted on Dec 21, 2011