Monday, January 3

Bacon Mania!!!

A wise woman once told me that any good recipe starts with "fry a pound of bacon."  That woman was my mother, and she was absolutely correct.  Or so I thought.

There has been an upsurge lately in Bacon Mania.  I don't really know why, except I do know bacon is absolutely fabulous.  I could eat bacon everyday (although, my lifespan would probably be greatly diminished.)

People have started eating bacon salt, maple bacon donuts, and chocolate covered bacon.  There's even a vodka distillery which makes bacon vodka.  

I just can't imagine that would make a very good cocktail.  

I got a new Kitchenaid stand mixer for Christmas and hadn't used it yet because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to make for it's debut.  We were well stocked on sweets after Christmas, so I haven't really had a need to bake.  Since I'm off work today, I decided to browse for some cookie recipes.

One of my high school best friends is having a dessert reception following her wedding in February with a cookie table.  I thought it would be nice to come up with some fun ideas for cookies I could bring.  I did find some perfect ones, but I also found some interesting ones.  I read a lot of food and baking blogs, and in my search I stumbled upon Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies.  Weird, but intriguing.

I like peanut butter, ok.  I'm in the camp that it is better paired with a friend like chocolate or jelly. So maybe being paired with bacon would work.  

After looking over the ingredients, I realized I had all 6 necessary components.  So why not?  It'd make for an interesting debut recipe for my mixer.

Egg, pb, bacon, brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda 

1 cup all-natural chunky or smooth creamy butter
1 cup sugar (1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar)
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
About 6 slices of bacon, cooked, cooled and diced

1) Cook bacon, let cool.  Crumble.  (I encourage you to cook one too many pieces, so you can munch while you bake!)
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3) Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.
4) In a mixer combine peanut butter and both sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes.  Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes.  Fold in cooked bacon.  
5) Roll into walnut sized balls and criss-cross with a fork (make roll ball in sugar before criss-cross.)  
6) Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool.

They weren't awful.  They weren't great.  They were just weird more than anything.  I don't think I would make them again, but I don't regret trying.  I think they could be better with some chocolate chips.  Just to spice of the weirdness.


Jumble Mash said...

Those are probably the weirdest cookies I have ever heard of. But good for you for trying! I'm not a bacon fan, so I probably wouldn't like them very much.

Thisisme said...

Those cookies do sound strange, I must admit, but good on you for having a go!

Bouncin' Barb said...

I don't know if you're familiar with Jim Gaffigan the comedian? He does a spoof on bacon. I cry everytime I hear it from laughing so hard. This makes me think of it.

Johnny Utah said...

I love that you even tried to make those! Not to sound insulting but it shows you're a dreamer. "Hmmm... I WILL make these cookies that are part bacon and peanut butter!"

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