Bourbon and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bourbon and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies are a bacon lovers dream cookie! Chocolate chip cookies with candied bacon and bourbon are sweet, salty, and absolutely delicious.
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These are not your Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies! Grandma never put bourbon or candied bacon in her cookies…..but she did teach me to cook using bacon grease! My grandma pretty much fried everything in bacon grease. I’m pretty sure she coined the phrase “everything’s better with bacon”. It’s the secret to my french toast, hashbrowns and oh my word, you should try it with fried apples!!
Recently the Kansas Pork Association contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to make a recipe featuring bacon and tell you all about their “Your Bacon Starts Here” efforts and how you can enter to win bacon for a year! Like I need an excuse to cook with bacon!? HA! I was all over that and couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bourbon
I have been wanting to try making chocolate chip cookies with a little bacon grease for quite some time, and I figured this was the perfect time to give it a go! If you’ve never had bacon in your baked goods, I know it sounds really odd, but if you are a fan of sweet and salty, it’s something you must try…..at least once, and why not try it with a good ole chocolate chip cookie?
My husband and his friends were HUGE fans of these Bacon Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookie, which is saying a lot!
My husband is super picky about baked goods and doesn’t like for me to mess with something he already loves, like The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. But when I added candied bacon, bourbon and a little bacon grease to his favorite cookies, he couldn’t argue that it was a winning combination!
My family loves pork, it’s on our dinner table a few times a week. I enjoyed learning a little more about the Kansas Pork Association and getting to know the Pork farmers and their families, who are providing my family with delicious sustenance to set on our table and fill our bellies. If you have time, watch this video of the Wondra Family Farm in Central Kansas where their sons are involved in the daily care and operation of the farm. They have three generations working the farm, and the kids actually enjoy working side by side with family!
Now how about that Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe:
(full recipe at the end of this post)
a few cookie notes:
- I always have a jar of bacon grease in my refrigerator. If you don’t have any, you will need to fry about a half-pound of bacon to get 1/4 of a cup of bacon grease. Pour it into a glass jar and let it chill to harden in the refrigerator at least an hour or two.
- I wanted to use candied bacon for this recipe, but I’m sure it would be just as good if you simply use cooked bacon.
- if you are afraid that the bacon grease and crumbled bacon will be too much bacon flavor for you, try using just one or the other. I’m sure they will still be delicious with a little more mild bacon flavor
- Since you bake the cookies with the bourbon in them, the alcohol will cook out, making them perfectly fine to serve to children
- the cayenne pepper gives these cookies a tiny “kick” – my girls did not like this flavor, but my husband loved it. It’s definitely something you could leave out if you’re not as adventurous.
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Bourbon and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Chocolate Chip Cookies are a bacon lovers dream cookie! Chocolate chip cookies with candied bacon and bourbon are sweet, salty, and absolutely delicious.
- 5 slices bacon, raw
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
- 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup bacon grease, chilled
- 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
InstructionsFor Candied Bacon
- Preheat oven to bake at 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Toss bacon in ¼ cup maple syrup in a medium size bowl, then lay bacon on prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove bacon from oven, allow to cool, then crumble candied bacon and set aside.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder,salt and pepper into a bowl. Set aside.
- Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, bacon grease and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and bourbon. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate chips and crumbled bacon in and incorporate into dough.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets at least 3 inches apart.
- Bake until golden brown but still soft, 9-11 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Enjoy with a big glass of milk.
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OH MY is all I can say about this recipe!! I cannot WAIT to try it! I’m thinking it will be great for Christmas giving too! 😉 Never too early to start thinking about that 🙂
I have a questions: What is the difference between “cake flour” and “bread flour”? I have a box of “cake flour” but should I buy special “bread flour” as well?
Thanks so much! Love your blog and all you post!
it just makes for a little better cookie – but you could certainly use all purpose flour 🙂
Now this is a chocolate chip cookie. Maple, bacon and chocolate are a match made in heaven. I use it in my chili all the time but NEVER have I tried it in my cookies. Whoa, these are sinful. Can’t wait to try these. I’m pretty sure I can eat these for breakfast, don’t you think?
totally for breakfast! HA!
i LOVE chocolate & bacon together! bourbon puts them over the top!
This is a great chocolate chip cookie!! bacon does make everything better. I love the subtle touch of cayenne pepper too!
I love bacon in my cookies. And bourbon? Yeah, that would work for me too! Pinned!
Using bacon grease in cookies never ever crossed my mind – these sound fabulous!
What and what are in these cookies?! Why have I never thought of this. Delicious!
These are making on our Thanksgiving table! Amazing!
Hi Tidy Mom!!
Oh my these just look toooo deelish! I’ve got to Pin! Your food photography is just amazing! Did you get all your tips from the magazines you have on your sidebar? Would so love to know..as I have tons of food on my blog..but I’m such an amateur photographer! 🙂 Thanks and have a blessed day!
my papa cooked with bacon grease too haha.. mmm those cookies look and sounds wonderful!
These are definitely not a grandma cookie recipe. Wow 😀
I love what you did with these cookies – so creative!!
There. Are. No. Word. Really? Sounds good, though I must admit, I’ve not tried bacon and chocolate, though I love both.
What a great flavor combo! These cookies look fantastic, Cheryl! 🙂
Wow! Bacon AND Chocolate?! Yes, please and thank you!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I need a few of these right now. Forget Halloween candy. This is where my allegiance lies.
Bacon and chocolate, now both are favorites, so these probably would be too. I would love to have you link up to my Inspire Me party that goes live on Monday at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty
Bacon in cookies. *swoon* I’m Allllllll over these!
I firmly believe that bacon makes everything better! i’d love to have one of these.
I can see why your husband was a fan, with bacon and bourbon in a cookie what man could resist?!
These sound very interesting!! I’m going to try them soon. You can’t beat bacon and chocolate chips, bourbon is just an added treat!
Wow! Just finished baking them. They are delicious and beautiful! Not a huge bacon flavor or bourbon flavor, but tasty treat all the way around.
I can’t wait to bake these cookies! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.
Hi there! I love this recipe! and your cookies look incredible. I have added this page to a round up of links using bacon grease in recipes. I do hope that is ok. If not, please let me know and I will promptly remove it. Thanks you, Heather
Hello! This is my first time on your site! My boyfriend would ADORE these! I just have one question…would they need to be stored in the fridge because of the bacon? My boyfriend and I are long distance during the school year, so it’d be a LOT easier (and cheaper!) to send him food if they didn’t have to be packed in fancy stuff to keep them chilled. Thank you!
I have a question…I’m preparing to make these, but am confused about the measurements listed. You mention 2 cups minus two tablespoons of cake flour and then write 8 1/2 ounces after that. That would be 16 ounces, wouldn’t it? Which measurement is correct…one or two cups?
a “cup” of flour can weigh anywhere between 4 and 5 1/2 ounces
it’s weight, not volume
Hello, If I were to not use bacon grease do I simple exclude it or do I need to substitute it? Or can I just use half as much bacon grease maybe?
How much butter. I guess I can’t read, but I did not see the amount.
never mind, i see it now