No matter what you normally crave, we all seem to love the combination of sweet, salty and savory. I don’t usually make these crossover desserts but my cravings have gotten the best of me with these cookies. The saltiness of the bacon and sweet caramel mixed with chocolate is almost too good to be explained. Baked together in one cookie, your taste buds won’t know what hit them! These cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth, salty tooth and everything in between.
Watch how to make these maple bacon cookies:
Maple Bacon Cookies
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
- ¼ cup bacon grease (can be replaced with butter)
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 12 oz bacon (approximately 1 ¼ cups) cooked and diced
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup caramel baking bits
- Personally, I like to cook my bacon in the oven for ease. Lay bacon on a rack placed over a rimmed cookie sheet. Place in preheated 375°F oven for 15-20 minutes until the bacon is cooked. Remove from the oven and let cool. Drain and reserve grease for cookies.
- Cream together butter, bacon grease, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract and maple extract. Mix to incorporate.
- Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix until no dry ingredients remain.
- Add bacon, chocolate chips, and caramel bits. If not using a heavy-duty stand mixer, it may be best to fold these in by hand.
- Drop cookie dough (approximately 2 tablespoons in size) on a baking sheet and bake in preheated 350°F oven for 12-15 minutes until the edges are golden and just set.
- Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.