Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies!

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Nothing says the holidays like bacon and peanut butter, am I right?!  Okay maybe you're a bit skeptical that a recipe this weird-sounding, could taste so good...but don't knock it 'til you try it!  Just the right amount of sweetness with the saltiness of the peanut butter, really brings out the peanut buttery flavor in this new favorite of mine.  I found the recipe online, where else!  I thought how fun it would be to make these for stocking stuffers this year and watch people's reactions of "ewwww!" or "what???" or "ooooooooh awesome!"  And the added bonus is that you get to cook bacon before it all starts, making the house smell delicious!

(Recipe via JoytheBaker who adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook)

First, pre cook your bacon.
About 6 slices of bacon, cooked, cooled and diced or minced depending on how chunky you want it. I like to cook bacon in the oven for nice flat, evenly cooked slices. 400 degrees, 7 minutes one side, flip, 7 or 8 minutes the other side depending on how you like it.

Then put oven to 350 degrees F.

1 cup all-natural chunky or smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment & set aside or use a non-stick pan. In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Fold in cooked bacon. Roll into large walnut sized balls and create a criss-cross pattern with a fork. If you’d like, roll the dough balls in granulated sugar before making the criss-cross pattern. Eat one raw ball for good measure (hey, the original recipe said to, so!) Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. They will seem still soft, but this is the secret to them being awesome. Cool on a baking sheet for five minutes, because they're still a bit crumbly. Then transfer to a cooling rack or plate to consume at will.

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