Monday, December 14, 2009

Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Maple Glaze

This recipe is something that I found a couple of years ago on the internet, but I have changed a few things to suit my taste. These can also be cooked on a grill if you have the means to do that. Please enjoy!

1 cup butter (softened/room temp)
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond or hazelnut extract (I have never been able to find hazelnut extract)
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups cooked bacon, crumbled (About 2 lbs. Do not use bacos! It's just not the same. I prefer to use maple bacon, but use whatever you like.)
1/2 lb. cooked bacon strips

Maple Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp maple extract (Do not try to use syrup. It won't work)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp water

-In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugars, extracts and eggs until creamy. In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to butter/suger mixture one spoonful at a time until it is all well mixed.
-Mix in the bacon crumbles and chocolate chips. Stir until well integrated. Roll in a sheet of wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
-Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
-Remove dough from refrigerator. Pinch off dough and roll into small balls. About 1 tbsp each. Set dough balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten balls slightly with the back of a spoon. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to cool a bit on a cooling rack while you make the glaze.

Maple Glaze
-Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy with no lumps. You may need to add 1 more tbsp of water. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze on top of cookies. Press a small peice of crisp bacon on top of glaze for garnish.

* I made these for my family this holiday season and there are a few people with nut allergies. I just doubled the vanilla extract and omitted the nut extract. They were still awesome! In fact, I think I like them better. The almond extract is really powerful.

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