I’m back! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post on my blog. Actually, that’s a total and complete lie. I’ve been busy moving back to Philly and finishing up a summer class. But now I’m back and I’m never leaving (that’s another lie, I will most likely forget to blog again).
But ANYWAY. I made bacon sugar cookies. I saw them on @tworedbowls’ instagram and decided I had to make them. She makes hers with sweet corn ice cream, which sounds wickedly delicious. But alas, I have no ice cream maker, so I couldn’t completely replicate her genius ideas.
… I really need to get an ice cream maker.
If I’m being honest, the bacon-brittle mixture was a pain in my tubby butt. It was delicious and wonderful, but I’m not sure that I’ll make these again. I don’t think I got the sugar to melt at the perfect temperature, so I had problems when it cooled and had to re-melt the entire bacon-y concoction. PLUS do you guys know how hard it is to have bacon (that you can’t eat because it’s covered in a hot caramel that will burn your tastebuds off) in front of you? Meh. No fun.
I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe – one I found at AllRecipes years ago – and subbed out some butter for cooked bacon grease (Yum! And totally great for your arteries!).
Look, I don’t like to toot my own horn, but these cookies are pretty delicious. They’re salty and sweet. The cookies are soft, but the sugary bacon bits provide a nice texture contrast. I’m a fan. Enjoy!
Bacon Sugar Cookies
bacon coating (from mynameisyeh)
1/2 lb bacon, I used a thick-cut applewood
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c water
1/2 tsp baking soda
sugar cookies (adapted from allrecipes)
2 3/4 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c bacon fat, reserved from above
1 1/2 c white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Cook bacon until crispy. Reserve fat and coarsely chop bacon. Set aside.
2. Combine chopped bacon, sugar, and water in a small nonstick pan. Cook until caramel brown. Stir often so the sugar does not burn.
3. Once desired color is reached, remove from heat and add baking soda. Pour onto lined (with parchment paper) cookie pan and left to cool.
4. Once cooled, break into pieces and pulse in a blender or food processor until it reaches a grainy, sugary consistency. Set aside.
1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
2. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl.
3. In a second bowl, cream butter, reserved bacon fat, and sugar until smooth.
4. Add egg and vanilla to butter mixture.
5. Slowly add dry ingredients.
6. Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls, cover in bacon coating, and then place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are golden. Move to a wire rack to cool (or the sugar might solidify and you’ll have cookies stuck on your cookie sheet! I’m not speaking from experience or anything, though…..).