When a friend comes to visit from across the country, they deserve a treat. When a friend says she wants a dessert with bacon, you oblige and make these:
My friend Liz loves bacon more than anyone I know. We have that bond of former roommates so I know the lady loves meat (no pun intended, get your mind out of the gutter).
Lucky for her, bacon in dessert is totally having a moment, or is that just me? If you haven’t had bacon in a dessert yet, you need to try it asap. Start with these cookies…
Peanut Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 slices of bacon, fat reserved
1/4 cup softened butter*
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted PB)
1 cup chocolate chips
In a pan, fry bacon over medium heat until very crispy. Reserve fat and allow to cool completely. Chop bacon and set aside.
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Beat together butter, peanut butter and bacon fat (*note if you don’t want to use bacon fat, you can just use 1/2 cup of butter and omit the bacon fat). Add sugar and beat for an additional minute or two. Add egg and beat for an additional minute. Add flour and baking soda (and salt if using) and beat until almost combined. Lastly, fold in chopped bacon and chocolate chips.
Form dough into walnut-sized balls, place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden on the edges. Allow to cool completely and serve! Makes about 2 dozen cookies (or maybe more… I wouldn’t know because I ate a ton of the cookie dough).
If your friend loves bacon but isn’t a fan of peanut butter… not to worry, I have a solution for you:
Not into cookies (we won’t talk about how blasphemous that is…) but feeling the need to put bacon in a dessert? How about this Chocolate Pudding with Peanut Butter Mousse and Maple Candied Bacon?
Equally delicious and bacon-y.
How do you feel about bacon in desserts? Do you love it? Hate it? Is it over-rated? Never tried it? Tell me!