Milk Chocolate Maple Bacon Cookies
Milk Chocolate Maple Bacon Cookies! Say what?! Yep, I soooo went there, adding cooked bacon in these chocolate chip cookies, and they are fantastic!! A little sweet with a hint of salt is a delicious combination, even in cookies!
Maple Bacon Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chips
Do you love bacon strips nestled in your sandwiches, topped on your salads; fried or baked?
When I posed the question on Facebook “Should I add bacon to the Cheesy Sausage-Stuffed Jalapenos recipe I was working on,” it was apparent that lots of folks believe that bacon is the icing on the cake, the cherry on top, and makes EVERYTHING taste better!
I’m finding it’s true. Bacon does indeed taste great, even in cookies!
These Maple Bacon Cookies have that tantalizing sweet/salt dance going on.
The salt in the bacon and sweet from the chocolate chips equals an awesome combination, plus you top them off with sea salt and brown sugar, ahhhh, can we say, YUM?!!
Maple Bacon Cookies From Scratch
All the ingredients for this recipe are common baking staples, but there are a couple of tips that you want to follow when gathering the ingredients.
First, cook your bacon ahead of time. Also, get regular bacon thickness, not the thick variety. You want the bacon slices to cook up nice and crispy.
When cooking bacon I usually pan fry it if I’m cooking just a couple of slices. When cooking a pound of bacon try the oven method.
This is an easy way to cook bacon without all the mess. All you do is line a baking sheet with foil and place each piece of bacon on top without over lapping the bacon.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and turn it on to 400 degrees. You’re bacon will be ready in about 20 minutes.
You can also lightly spray oven proof baking cooling racks to put on the baking sheets so the oil drips away from the bacon.
The final tip is to use REAL maple syrup, not flavored syrup. Real maple syrup is more expensive, but the flavor is delicious and worth the price. Flavored syrup is mostly made with cheap corn syrup.
Yeah, these cookies are not for those that are on a diet of any kind. These cookies definitely fit the bill for a fun occasional indulgence!
I made these for my dad’s Father’s Day breakfast 😉 Beats a tie don’t you think?!
Milk Chocolate Maple Bacon Cookies
- 1 pound bacon cooked until crispy, well drained, cooled and cut in small pieces
- 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup packed brown sugar plus extra for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup maple syrup use real, not flavored
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt plus extra for sprinkling
- 2 teaspoons maple extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 3/4 all purpose flour
- 1 12- ounce bag of milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, baking soda, salt, and maple extract until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time.
- Mix in flour until well blended. Add chocolate chips and bacon. Using a one inch cookie scoop, scoop batter on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle tops lightly with sea salt and brown sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before transferring to a cooking rack.
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This recipe was inspired by Alison Ladman, recipe developer for the Associated Press via The Salinas Californian.
I didn’t want to hunt for maple sugar, and I just couldn’t use the bacon fat in my cookies as the recipe suggests, but if you think that might be good, give it a try!
I am making these cookies for the first time and I was wondering, can I use salted butter instead of unsalted? my family will not eat unsalted butter and it’s just so expensive to buy a package when no one else will eat it. Do I need to omit anything to use salted?
Yes, you can use salted butter. You won’t need any extra salt in the recipe, so just omit the salt.
Hi, there is no mention of storage, should they be refrigerated because of the bacon ?
Hello Betty, yes, the cookies should be refrigerated in an airtight container. I’ll be sure to update the recipe card. Thank you.
Hi: These cookies are totally delicious — more so as chocolate chip cookies with a hint of maple syrup as we couldn’t taste the bacon at all. We are hoping that by later this evening we will taste the bacon. We will make them again as I’m sure it is the maple syrup that makes them so yummy!
I’m glad you are enjoying these cookies! They’re always a hit when I make them too 🙂
2 3/4 flour…2 3/4 what?
The salt and sweet combination is spot on!
OMG! These cookies look amazing! Great photos! Love the recipe. I’m going to have to make these. Pinning and sharing.
Thanks so much, Michele! They’ve been a hit here 🙂
Thank you so much for joining my party with your great cookies. They look so yummy! Your recipe is now featured in the Giant cookie party.
Thanks for the invite, Del! I need to try so many new cookies 🙂
I have a recipe similar to these: brown butter bacon chocolate chip cookies. Ohhhhh yeah. I bet these are amazing!!! I know they had me drooling when I saw them on Facebook and here I am again, totally thrilled with your cookies!! Must make. 🙂
Treat yourself to a batch, but I suggest sharing 😉
The sure didn’t last long! Ate them in a quick second!!
oh my gosh!! Bacon in COOKIES?!?!?! That sounds…. AMAZING!!! Okay Sandra, you’ve got my full attention now! I’m sold on these heavenly goodness! 😀 Happy belated father’s day by the way! 🙂
Hi Sammie! Yes, these cookies are quite outstanding!! :)) I’ve missed you and your creations!!
You cookies look delicious, yes these are definitely a better Father’s Day gift than a tie.
I thought these cookies would be enjoyed far more than a neck tie 😉