Ah, bacon. Is there anything like it in the whole world? It makes everything better. Even brussels sprouts! (Especially brussels sprouts!) The smell of frying bacon makes any morning feel like a holiday. I have had a serious aversion to anything meat-related while the boys were sick (all better now!!) and the only protein I could eat was bacon. LOTS of bacon. It's just one of those things. People either adore it or hate it. Have you every met anyone who could just "take or leave" bacon?? I sure haven't!! Kind of like these cookies. I will be honest, not everyone who tried them liked them. But those who did, RAVED. If you're a salty-sweet fan, if you're a bacon-and-chocolate fan, you've got to try these cookies.
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
8 slices center cut thick bacon
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tb pure vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 365 degrees. Place bacon in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until crispy, flipping the bacon after 10 minutes.
Remove bacon from the oven and place on a wire rack for cooling. Once bacon has cooled chop it into chunks and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside. Cream butter with the sugars until fluffy. Add vanilla, egg, and egg yolk to the bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add flour mixture and mix until combined. Add diced bacon and chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
Roll dough into balls, about the size of a walnut, and place on a greased/parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies sit on the pan for a couple of minutes before placing on a wire rack.