So I am headed to New York tomorrow to tape a couple episodes of “Rescue My Renovation” again. (By the way, has anyone seen that HGTV has picked it up and it is running on the weekends?) Since my parents are sweet enough to stay with the kids while we are away, I wanted to make sure that I left the pantry stocked with treats (especially for my dad *wink). I settled on making these Bourbon Maple Bacon and Pecan cookies.
I just want to go on record as saying that I have previously vehemenetly avoided bacon in baked goods. I had a bad experience with a smoky bacon chocolate bar that may or may not have involved gagging at it’s grossness, and I have stayed away ever since.
But the other day I had a change of heart. I thought if I could just harness the wonderful salty and slightly sweet flavor of the bacon and the crispy texture, that I was willing to try again.
When I pared the bacon with bourbon (yes, yes and yes) and toasty pecans it was the perfect combinations of fall flavors for these tasty cookies. I baked a huge batch of them up and there was the most spectacular sweet cookie smell in the air laced with that always enticing bacon flavor! In the end they were really awesome. The bacon was more subtle then expected, just right even.
Recipe: Bourbon Maple Bacon and Pecan cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups pecan pieces
- ½ cup crispy bacon pieces (about 8 ounces of bacon cooked to crispy)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two sheet pans with parchment or silpats.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer cream together the butter and the sugar until fluffy.
- Add the eggs and combine well, and then add the maple extract and the bourbon and combine really well.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until you have a sticky dough.
- Add the pecan pieces and bacon to the batter and mix well.
- Scoop the cookie dough by the spoonful onto the prepared sheet pans and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 12 minute(s)