Maple bacon chocolate chip cookies

I want to post something about my first few days in Florida, but I’m really not in the mood to write this evening. I’ve had two disastrous runs since I’ve been here and I’m extremely frustrated. So until things looks a little brighter here’s a recipe for some awesome chocolate chip cookies!

Yes, I’m sharing a recipe for maple bacon chocolate chip cookies. I made these as chocolate chip cookie recipe #34 in May, and like I said back then, they were AMAZING. These are not your everyday chocolate chip cookies, but trust me, you won’t care that they aren’t 100% traditional. When you eat one of these sweet and salty cookies you’ll be thanking whoever had the idea to add crumbled bacon and maple extract to chocolate chip cookie dough! Who know that would make it so incredible? It’s a whole new level of delicious. And since they do have maple and bacon, feel free to have some of these cookies for breakfast! In all seriousness, it really doesn’t take much to elevate your usual chocolate chip cookie recipe so try adding some bacon and maple extract next time. You won’t regret it!

10-12 strips bacon
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/3 c light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
3/4 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c chocolate chips

Place the bacon on a cookie sheet completely lined with aluminum foil (to catch the grease and make clean up easy), making sure the strips don’t overlap. Bake at 350 deg F for 15-20 minutes or until crispy, rotating the pan once and keeping an eye on the bacon so it doesn’t burn. Cool the strips on a few layers of paper towels to absorb the excess grease. When the bacon has cooled crumble or chop it as finely as possible.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg, maple extract, and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and crumbled bacon. Spread the dough into an 8×8″ pan lined with aluminum foil and coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 deg F for 25-30 min or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack before slicing. Enjoy!

Based on Noble Pig’s Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.