Chocolate Covered Bacon Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Covered Bacon.

Browned Butter.

Chocolate Chips.

Yeah…I put all of this into one delicious cookie.

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It’s baking season, and if you haven’t started already, I know you are about to this week.

It’s such a fun time, getting together with friends and family, baking and celebrating.  It’s on our agenda all week, from Yule logs to gingerbread cookies to cinnamon buns.  And to make it easier, we loaded up on all the supplies at Wal-Mart, right in the baking aisle.  I have my go-to ingredients, and I know what brands I like the best.  Two, for example, are Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (which you can get in 2 pound boxes) and Gold Medal All Purpose Flour in the 5 pound bags.  They are always in my pantry, at the ready, but at this time of year, I stock up, and HOW.  I would show you, but it would likely break the internet.  Affordable, but high quality –this is what I seek out when I bake.  Don’t you?

Lucky for me, Arm & Hammer and Gold Medal challenged me this holiday season to create an unusual recipe to share with you, so this is the reason for that fussy sounding recipe title you clicked on to get here.

You’ll be so glad you did.

Can you believe no one really knew there was bacon in the cookies, they just knew they LOVED them?  Doesn’t it seem like the flavor of bacon would be ever-so-prominent in a cookie?  Well – it isn’t.  Not really.  For me, it added just a subtle flavor, and a bit of saltiness.  I knew the salt would come into play, therefore, I didn’t add much to the recipe…and all worked well.  Of course, it never hurts to add an insane amount of chocolate, which I did in the form of Hershey Kisses and chocolate chips.  These cookies oozed chocolaty goodness, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Browned Butter. Chocolate. Bacon. Kisses.

That should be some kind of slogan for world peace.  Or at the very least, it needs to be on a tee shirt.  Somebody get on that. Stat.

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Chocolate Covered Bacon Chocolate Kiss Cookies

makes about 40

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, browned
  • 2/3 cups  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal All Purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Arm & Hammer baking soda
  • 12 pieces Chocolate Covered Bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s)
  • 40 Unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 baking sheets with a SilPat or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the browned butter for 3 minutes to cool, then beat butter with the sugars, salt, and vanilla, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda. Add to the other ingredients on low speed, until just combined. Stir in the bacon and chocolate by hand. Chill dough for 10 minutes.
  4. Portion out the cookies onto the baking sheets, roughly 12 cookies per sheet (I used a cookie scoop). Cookies will spread a bit, but not much. Allow 1-2 inches between cookies.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove and press a Hershey Kiss into the center.  Return to oven for 2 minutes.  They will likely not LOOK done, but they will be. Remove from oven and cool for 2-3 minutes on the pan, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

These cookies appear undone at 14 minutes, but will be very light brown on the edges. They are done! Do not overbake.


To make chocolate covered bacon, you really only need two things: chocolate, and, um, bacon.

You can either use pre-cooked, store-bought bacon (that’s the easiest), or, you can bake the bacon until crispy, let it cool, and then pat the excess grease off of it.  From there, simply melt some dark chocolate and spoon it on to the bacon, thoroughly coating it.  Allow it to dry, and voila – chocolate covered bacon.

No more excuses!  Get to baking!

 

 

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Arm & Hammer and Gold Medal Flour via Acorn Influence.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.