Monday, June 2, 2014

Desserts for Dudes: Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied Bacon and Pecans

milk chocolate chip cookies with pig candy (candied bacon) and pecans!
Welcome to Desserts for Dudes month!!! 
Every June, I like to feature desserts that are especially created for the dudes.  Don't worry...gals can eat them, too.
desserts for dudes month all June long on bakeat350.blogspot.com

 

We're kicking off this year with Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pig Candy.  That's candied bacon to you and me. 

milk chocolate chip cookies with pig candy (candied bacon) and pecans!
These cookies have a double shot of bacon.  Yeah, baby.  It's pretty much a universal truth that dudes dig bacon.


milk chocolate chip cookies with pig candy (candied bacon) and pecans!
Crispy edges, chewy bacon, crunchy pecans, sweet chocolate chips...

You'll want to start by reserving some bacon drippings/grease/fat.  My mom kept a coffee can of bacon grease under the sink.  For years, I (don't report me) poured my grease down the sink.  I know, I know!!!  I'm sorry!  Wrong on so many levels.
saving bacon grease
Now, I save my bacon grease and keep it in a jar in my fridge.  After I cook up some bacon and remove it from the pan, I let the fat cool a bit.  Then, you can pour it directly into the jar, or pour it through a coffee filter to strain out the bits.

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Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied Bacon and Pecans

for the candied bacon and pecans:
bacon, about 6-8 slices
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup demerara or light brown sugar
pinch sea salt

for the cookies:
2 & 1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 
1/4 cup bacon grease (cooled and solidified)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package milk chocolate chips
candied bacon & pecans

prepare the pig candy:

Cook the bacon in a skillet until cooked through, but still soft.  Drain on paper towels.  Reserve bacon drippings.  Wipe out the skillet.

making candied bacon
Chop the bacon to make 1/2 cup. (Refrigerate any extras for another use.)  Add the chopped bacon, pecans, and 1/4 cup demerara or light brown sugar to the skillet.  Heat on medium-low, stirring often, until the sugar melts and coats the bacon and pecans, about 15 minutes.

Remove the bacon and nuts to drain on paper bags (I use lunch bags...they will stick to paper towels).  Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.  Set aside.

make the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the bacon grease, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding the vanilla with the second egg.  Beat until combined.  Add the flour mixture in three additions, mixing on low.


milk chocolate chip cookies with pig candy (candied bacon) and pecans!
Stir in the milk chocolate chips and reserved candied bacon and pecans.

Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until done.  The cookies can still be a little soft in the centers; they will firm up while cooling.  Cool on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
milk chocolate chip cookies with pig candy (candied bacon) and pecans!
Alright, dudes. Here ya go.  Any recipe requests for this month? 

milk chocolate chip cookies with pig candy (candied bacon) and pecans!

17 comments:

  1. Wish I had a dude in my life to share these with, OH NO I DON'T because that means more for me! Haha! Can't wait for the other Dude approved recipes! :)

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  2. hahaha I love how you've called it pig candy! :D These looks awesome!!!!

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  3. Wow!! Bacon in cookies. AWESOME!!

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  4. Thank goodness this is acceptable for girls too, because I'm quite sure I won't be able to do much else until I try one of these!!

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  5. OH man, I think if I told my husband to keep the bacon grease for cookies he would give me a strange face, then do as was told and add a little happy dance in there too.

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  6. This is wild! I don't know any man who wouldn't want these.

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  7. Yum! I bet your dudes loved those!
    Loved this font too.

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  8. Oh my god. These look SO good and the bacon + bacon grease? Genius.

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  9. My husband always requests Ginger Snaps. Ones that actually SNAP. To me, a cookie that snaps sounds like a travesty, but, I get where he's coming from. Know any good recipes?

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  10. I made them, I ate them....... I might share them..... Maybe

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  11. I made them, I ate them....... I might share them..... Maybe

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  12. I know what to make my dad for Father's Day now, he will love these!!!! :)

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  13. Bridget,
    These cookies look awesome. Can't wait to try them out.
    Annamaria

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  14. An amazing combo with bacon, pinch sea salt, brown sugar, I cannot help trying it immediately.
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