After looking near and far for the perfect cookies to bake this past Fathers Day, and nearly settling for some plain Jane chocolate chip cookies from miss Betty Crocker, I made one last desperate attempt to find inspiration on Pinterest. If you have a Pinterest account, maybe you are like me and pin pictures of yummy-looking foods with every intention of making them…and then completely forget about them. Well, occasionally I do go back and have a second look at those archived “must try” recipes. It usually happens when I want to create something new, and am exploring the possibilities. A lot of times, my Pinterest boards disappoint me. But, not this time!
This was inspired by one of those recipes I had pinned on a Pinterest board long ago. I was saving it for the perfect occasion. Cookies with bacon in them. Fathers Day and bacon seemed quite synonymous to me…
Manly Man Cookies, adapted from Juanita’s Cocina
makes 12 large cookies
2 c. plus 2 T. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1.5 sticks (12 T.) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 t. vanilla
1 t. maple flavoring
1/2 c. chocolate chunks/chips
1/2 c. peanut butter chips
1/2 c. crumbled pecans or walnuts
1 lb bacon, cooked crispy and chopped into bits
3/4 c. powdered sugar
pure maple syrup
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars with a hand mixer. Add in eggs, vanilla, and maple flavoring, and beat well. Add in dry ingredients (in two stages) and mix well. Fold in chocolate, peanut butter chips, and nuts, and about 1 c. of bacon bits until will mixed.
Chill dough at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 325F and line two baking sheets with parchment.
Spoon dough into 6x cookies per sheet (about 1/4 c. per cookie) in mounds.
Bake about 15-20 minutes, until the edges just turn brown. Do not overbake.
Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets, then move to wire rack.
Mix glaze, starting with 1 T. syrup and adding more syrup until glaze can be drizzled (not runny).
Drizzle glaze onto cookies, and top with any remaining bacon pieces. Let set and serve.
On a nutritional note…
I had the pleasure of talking about sports nutrition with some motivated young athletes and parents this past week. One of the athletes asked a question, which seems to be on a lot of peoples’ minds, whether or not we all admit it. The question “is bacon bad for me?” is one that makes me smile. I think that most people would expect a nutritionist to make a disgusted face at first mention of the word “bacon”, due to its bad reputation as an artery-clogging, saturated fat bomb. Still, others protest that bacon is actually a health food
(intrigued?…read this interesting article
). But, I happen to enjoy eating the stuff. With eggs, wrapped around asparagus, and yes, in cookies. [No disrespect to those who have any number of reasons to avoid eating bacon or any other food…to each their own.] I also enjoy chocolate, wine, coffee, carrot cake, cheese, pizza, bread, ice cream, and an occasional cake donut-hole with rainbow sprinkles…I believe that God made all of these things, and that He gave me a taste and appreciation for so many different foods, so I may enjoy them at the proper times and in the proper amounts, with thanksgiving and praise to their creator.