Indulge Dad with maple bacon cookies

By: ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press
June 12, 2013

These cookies aren't exactly a healthy treat for Dad. What with 1/2 cup of maple sugar and 1/2 cup of bacon fat, not to mention the bacon itself. But it's not as if chocolate chip cookies were a healthy choice before, right? So why not let Father's Day be a day of indulgence for your dad?



Makes 4 dozen

1 pound maple bacon 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup maple sugar, plus additional for sprinkling 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon flake sea salt, plus additional for sprinkling 1/2 teaspoon maple extract 2 eggs 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 11.5-ounce bag milk chocolate chips


In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until well browned and crispy. Transfer to paper towels to drain and cool. Reserve grease in skillet. Once the bacon has cooled, crumble or chop it into small chunks.

Heat the oven to 375 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, 1/2 cup of the reserved bacon grease, brown sugar, maple sugar, baking soda, salt and maple extract until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating and scraping the bowl in between additions.

Mix in the flour, then the chocolate chips and crumbled bacon. Scoop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets in 1-tablespoon mounds. Sprinkle the tops lightly with a bit of sea salt and maple sugar. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden around the edges.

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