Cookies For Santa: Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa will be very happy when he realizes that these are not your ordinary chocolate chip cookies, but maple bacon chocolate chip cookies.  The maple bacon provides a wonderful sweet and salty balance that everyone can enjoy.  To ensure great maple flavor I made maple bacon and added maple extract to the cookie dough.  I made the maple bacon by simply brushing maple syrup on the bacon five minutes before it was done roasting in the oven (see steps below).

My toddler loved to add the ingredients into the mixer for this recipe, so much so that he added a few out of sequence when I turned my back for a second.  Oh the toddler life.  They turned out fine and will definitely be making these cookies again.  Hopefully Santa will take a few home to enjoy with a bit of bourbon after a long night of toy drop offs.

Recipe Adapted From: ShugarySweets

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Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 12-15 mins
Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices - Think Cut Bacon (prep before starting, see below)
  • 6 Tablespoons - Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 Cup + 3 Tablespoons - Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Kosher Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon - Maple Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cups - All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup - Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips

Method

  1. Before starting, make the maple bacon. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, lay 2 slices of bacon on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush maple syrup on the bacon slices. Put back into the oven for 5 more minutes. Set side to cool on some paper towels
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees
  3. In a mixer, beat the butter and light brown sugar until combined and fluffy (3 minutes)
  4. Add salt, egg and maple extract, mix
  5. Slowly add the flour, baking soda and baking powder, mix
  6. Fold in chocolate chips and chopped up bacon
  7. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop cookie batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  8. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes until the batter had set up and edges begin to brown slightly.
  9. Allow the cookies to sit on the pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool

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