candied bacon-chocolate chip cookies

February 16, 2011

Woah. Hold up. Take a step back. Deep breath. Okay, now.


Please do not adjust your screen. You read right….bacon…cookies… I went there.

I can’t decide if this is amazingly trashy or super gourmet. I basically think it’s brilliant.

Candied bacon is my new favourite thing in the entire world. If you didn’t think crispy bacon was delicious enough already, try sprinkling brown sugar all over bacon and then baking it. And get ready to have your mind blown.

But in cookies? Does it really work? Honestly, after I made these cookies the first time I decided they needed more bacon. Not joking.

So, for the second batch I added a little more salt and enough bacon to make sure there’s no mistaking what’s going on here. I nearly died of happiness when I licked the batter from the bowl.

Now they’re pretty stellar and I’ve gained five pounds. You’re welcome.

I based the cookies on the original toll house chocolate chip cookie recipe with some minor adjustments. I have had it drilled into me that it is hands down the best chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time.

Bet they never expected someone to add bacon to it. Mwahahaha.

Every bacon-y bite was a dream come true. Do you think I’m crazy? Come over and have a cookie and I think you’ll see what I mean.

Candied Bacon-Chocolate Chip Cookies


For the candied bacon:

  • 8-10 slices center cut thick bacon (American bacon – or streaky bacon, as we call it in England – is best here)
  • 1/2┬ácup brown sugar

For the cookies:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups semi sweet chocolate chip cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place bacon in a single layer on a foil lined sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of bacon strips. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until crispy, making sure to turn bacon over after 10 minutes. Feel free to dunk and drag it through the delicious juiciness that’s collected on the foil.
  3. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack for cooling. Once bacon has cooled chop it finely.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in bacon and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Get ready to make friends.
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

brandi February 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oh. my. goodness! These look so good. My husband was just talking about bacon cookies last week, strangely enough.


Erica February 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

hehe. I think these cookies are every mans dream (and maybe a good chunk of womens too!). I’m not much of a carnivore but I’m very interested in trying what these bad boys taste like!


Evan Thomas February 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

Oh my goodness, you’re killing me here. I think I’d have to have the whole batch at once, for breakfast.


Angharad February 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Dan and I had these cookies for dinner last night. Fact.


Susan February 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

I LOVE this idea!! I have to say though – I’m not a huge fan of the chocolate/bacon combo. Thoughts on replacing the chocolate chips with more bacon? :P


Kaley February 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

You might be crazy, but aren’t all geniuses? Haha!


Holly February 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

you are a genius, and i heart you.


emily (a nutritionist eats) February 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Are you serious?! On the baking list.
Be careful with the invites for cookies, you live pretty close! :)


Taylor February 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Bacon and cookies together! Genius. Looks great. Thanks for sharing


Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls February 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

These look ridiculously delicious. I think I’m going to have to try these out. Tonight.

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls


Emily February 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Great recipe and beautiful photos! I am totally on board with the sweet/savory thing and anything with bacon in it wins my heart. Thanks for sharing!


Beauty & the Feast February 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

The past three recipes I’ve gone to from Tastespotting have involved bacon desserts…I think this says something about my life. These look scrumptious!!


Angharad February 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I think it says something awesome about you and your life.


Lisa February 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

these look WONDERFUL!

love the blog :)


Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 17, 2011 at 8:13 am

These. Look. Incredible.

I can only imagine how delicious they must taste in real life. I must make a batch. :D


Niki February 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

I made these a long time ago for work and didn’t tell them bacon was in it. THEY LOVED THEM! And I maed them again last May for a career day at my friend’s school. All of the kids were leary on trying them, then wanted more. Seriously, it’s a great idea to put candied bacon in chocolate chip cookies… or heck, anything!


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Have you ever tried the Vosges bacon-chocolate bar? Very similar taste combo! These look delicious :)


Laurita P February 21, 2011 at 1:56 am

wow. i don’t eat meat anymore but i can definitely appreciate these! yum.


Robin in the Midwest February 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

You were totally right about needing more bacon. I only had six strips on hand and now I wish I would have used the 8-10 (leaning more towards ten) called for. Thanks for a great recipe!!


Katie June 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

Making these right now. Excited.


Angharad June 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I hope you’ll let me know how they turned out!


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