Bacon Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ganconagh Ganconagh
I am a fan of all things bourbon, and love to cook with it. Thought I would share some of my favorite bourbon infused recipes for those of you who like to try new things in the kitchen.

This one combines three of my favorite things: bourbon, bacon and chocolate. Let me know what you think of them if you try them

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 strips bacon (thick cut)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings and set aside to cool. Crumble the bacon. Beat the butter and reserved bacon drippings in a large bowl with a mixer on until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the granulated and light brown sugar until creamy, about 4 minutes, then add the egg and bourbon and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions, scraping down the bowl as needed, until just combined. Stir in bacon and chocolate chips. Form the dough into 1? balls and arrange 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes for chewy cookies, 10 for crispier cookies.
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Pixel Pixel
I'm not sure if these sound amazing or horrific, but I'm going to make them!
08/04/2012
Ganconagh Ganconagh
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Originally posted by Pixel
I'm not sure if these sound amazing or horrific, but I'm going to make them!
LOL, exactly my reaction when I first saw the recipe
08/04/2012
Gracie Gracie
um I just can't wrap my head around bacon in a cookie! There was a thread a while ago about bacon sundaes. I think I will pass, or maybe use butter for the drippings and pecans for the bacon and then we could try the bourbon part of the recipe. I know every now and then a hot homemade cookie is heaven with a glass of single malt scotch. Is it the same for you with bourbon? When I was in high school my boyfriend's mom used to make bourbon balls at Christmas time. They were little chocolate cookies. They were awesome! I asked for the recipe but never got it. I tried a recipe I found in a cookbook, but they weren't as good as Miss Betty's. Do you have a good one?
08/04/2012
Ganconagh Ganconagh
Quote:
Originally posted by Gracie
um I just can't wrap my head around bacon in a cookie! There was a thread a while ago about bacon sundaes. I think I will pass, or maybe use butter for the drippings and pecans for the bacon and then we could try the bourbon part of the recipe. ... More
I have two I like. The first is more cookie-like, and the second is a more traditional candy type:

Ingredients:

1 cup fine vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
confectioners' sugar, sifted
Preparation:

Thoroughly combine 1 crushed vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped pecans, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and the cocoa. In a separate bowl, blend the bourbon and corn syrup. Stir this bourbon mixture into the dry mixture; blend well. Cover and chill for at least a few hours. Sift about 1/2 to 1 cup of confectioners' sugar on a cookie sheet. Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the confectioners'. Store in refrigerator in tightly covered containers. Make these a few days in advance for best flavor, and roll in confectioners' sugar again before serving, if desired. These can also be frozen for longer storage.
Makes about 3 dozen bourbon balls.


Ingredients

1 cup chopped nuts
5 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
18 ounces semisweet chocolate
Directions

Place the nuts in a sealable jar. Pour the bourbon over the nuts. Seal and allow to soak overnight.
Mix the butter and sugar; fold in the soaked nuts. Form into 3/4" balls and refrigerate overnight.
Line a tray with waxed paper. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Roll the balls in the melted chocolate to coat; arrange on the prepared tray. Store in refrigerator until serving.


As for the bacon in a cookie, it is so much better than it sounds
08/04/2012
Gracie Gracie
You are my hero! I will try them both this year at Christmas! The ones I'm looking for sound more like the first recipe. But the second sounds awesome too! Thanks so much!
08/04/2012
Ganconagh Ganconagh
Thanks! I have lots of bourbon infused recipes I plan on sharing here, from appetizers to main dishes and sides to (my favorite) desserts.

Just remember when you try them...Jack Daniels is NOT bourbon.
08/04/2012
Gracie Gracie
Quote:
Originally posted by Ganconagh
Thanks! I have lots of bourbon infused recipes I plan on sharing here, from appetizers to main dishes and sides to (my favorite) desserts.

Just remember when you try them...Jack Daniels is NOT bourbon.
Yes sir! I used to get Makers Mark, but I had a friend (PL2) who liked Kentucky Tavern better so now I have both around the house these days. You should talk to Passionatelover2. He is big on bourbon too. He also likes to cook.
08/04/2012
Beck Beck
Quote:
Originally posted by Gracie
um I just can't wrap my head around bacon in a cookie! There was a thread a while ago about bacon sundaes. I think I will pass, or maybe use butter for the drippings and pecans for the bacon and then we could try the bourbon part of the recipe. ... More
OMG...Bacon donuts are amazing! Sweet and salty really do go together. Have you ever dipped your bacon in your maple syrup? If you like that...you'll love bacon in anything sweet.

@the OP: These sound great!
08/04/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
This sounds gross.
08/04/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
Oh my, thanks so much for the recipe
08/04/2012
Feisty Feisty
this sounds amazing, and i can't wait to try it!
08/04/2012
TiffyPixie TiffyPixie
I still haven't jumped on the bacon mixed with sweet bandwagon. It just doesn't taste good to me.
08/04/2012
Kissy Kissy
I AM PRETTY SURE THE HUBS WOULD FLIP IF I MADE THESE! (In a good way!)
08/05/2012
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