Everybody has been going on a bacon craze. I’ve seen it in cookies, in brownies, in chocolate bars, and even perfumes. So, I decided it was about time I conformed and gave into the craze. I’ve never really been one to do so, but this is bacon in baked goods we’re talking about here! The more and more I started to use bacon, the more and more drippings I realized I was having to drain – which is really a waste, considering if it were socially acceptable I would probably drink the stuff.
Have you ever wondered what you should do with all those bacon drippings? I have, well, besides drinking them. Don’t you dare let them drip down the drain – trust me, you want all that golden, meaty, smoked deliciosity. Rather, pour them into a small bowl or ramekin or whatever type of small food-container you prefer to use and keep them in the fridge. Then, as you cook with more and more bacon (because come on, it’s kind of irresistible) just keep adding the excess drippings to that little container, and before you know it you have half a cup of bacon fat and you don’t know what to do with it!
Wait, but I know what you can do with it! You can make the most mind-blowingly bacon flavored cookies you will ever eat. Lucky for you, I have just so happened tried making such cookies and I am more than pleased to report that they are as mind-blowingly bacon flavored as I imagined they would be. Make these soon or forever hold your bacon fat.
Maple Pecan Bacon Cookies
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup bacon drippings
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ – ½ cup crumbled bacon – save the drippings from this for another use or add to your already existing drippings to make 1/2 cup (make sure you refrigerate until solid if you add it to the drippings you already have)
- ½ cup toasted chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet.
- Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Cream together the bacon drippings and brown sugar.
- Mix in egg and maple extract.
- Mix in dry ingredients.
- Mix in bacon and pecans.
- Drop tablespoons of dough 1 inch apart pressing down to flatten out a bit.
- Bake for 12 minutes then remove from oven, let cool on baking sheets a few minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Prepare to have your mind-blown by the flavor of bacon.