Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and I’ve been getting ready by taking down my spooky Halloween decorations and replacing it with fall decor. My favorite part about this holiday is all the baking and food prep – well, besides spending the day with family/friends, eating an abundance of delicious food, and watching football of course! 😉 But on the baking note, I decided to test a new recipe: Peanut Butter Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies! The inspiration came to me after I posted an October 9th Facebook comment linking to the recipe, to which I received very mixed reviews. Thinking that the recipe needed a chance to show itself, I took to the kitchen with measuring spoons in hand.
The only thing I’d do differently? Bake the cookies for less time – my cookies were a bit crunchy (although delicious with a cup of coffee!).
Oh, and a local shout-out to El Salchichero, a Santa Cruz community butcher with sustainable practices and delicious meats. I bought your bacon – my husband and I LOVE your bacon! Although this recipe calls for an applewood smoked bacon, I just went with whatever El Salchichero had. I also may have bought a bit extra for dinner that night J
Happy Friday, and enjoy some baking over the weekend. Share your results with us on Facebook – we would love to hear how your cookies turned out!
Adding the bacon and chocolate chips…
Into the oven they go…
…time to taste test!
Peanut Butter-Bacon Cookies
Makes 3 dozen
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound apple wood smoked bacon, fried and roughly chopped
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugars together, using an electric mixer set on medium speed. Beat in peanut butter, egg and vanilla until well combined. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and slowly beat into peanut butter mixture until a soft dough forms. Stir chopped bacon, chocolate and peanut butter chips into dough by hand until well incorporated.
- Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes.
Per cookie: 170 calories (61 percent from fat), 12 grams total fat (4 grams saturated), 17 milligrams cholesterol, 11 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams protein, 295 milligrams sodium, trace dietary fiber.
Source: Bert Lawson with Farmland Foods