Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

30 Dec

Yes people, it’s happening. Peanut butter and bacon. Together in a cookie. That has no flour.

What is the world coming to?!?!

Well since we’re all supposed to fall off the fiscal cliff in just a few days and the country be overtaken by zombie gnomes I was like hey, let’s just go for it. 

The real reason I chose to make these cookies because I was looking through my Joy the Baker (myfemalenonlesbianbakingcrush) cookbook yesterday and came across this recipe. I thought they sounded really unique and would make for an interesting blog. 

And to make these cookies even more tantalizing is the fact Joy described them as “man bait.” Seriously guys, peanut butter and bacon mixed together are two of the surest ingredients to snag you a man. I asked my mom if I should put chocolate chips in them also and she said that they for sure would become man bait then. There was also something thrown in about trolling around during the witching hour with them but that’s neither here nor there. Plus I don’t think it’s wise for me to be setting any man bait traps right now. I’ve already had one child out of wedlock this year and more shenanigans would send my father over the edge. 

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But back to business! And cookies!

The recipe calls for roasted peanuts and all we had was raw, so I roasted them in a dry pan on a low flame. You just shake them every so often and wait until you can start to smell them; that’s when you know they’re done. It’s also kind of a pain to remove the skins from the roasted peanuts and I’m sure there’s an easier way to do it, but I decided to be hard headed today.

This recipe only makes about 2 dozen cookies and has 8 strips of bacon in it! The bacon, however, makes the cookies very chewy and slightly salty. It also has a lot of sugar in the recipe so the balance of saltiness with sweet is really nice. I have to say I was surprised by the turnout on these cookies. Since they had no flour and were primarily peanut butter I wasn’t quite sure what the consistency would be but I think it turned out quiet nicely. When I had to make balls out of the dough and squish it together, it was pretty crumbly and very greasy which was slightly disgusting but just go with it. Any guy would fall head over heels in love with you (or maybe a girl!) if you presented them with these cookies. 

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I better go check my traps!!

Just kidding dad. Cool your jets.

Peanut butter bacon cookies- from the Joy the Baker cookbook

makes about 2 dozen

8 slices bacon

1 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp molasses

1 large egg

1 tsp baking soda

generous pinch of grated nutmeg

1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted, salted peanuts

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place bacon slices in a single layer. Bake bacon until cooked through and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven (keep the oven on), let cool slightly, then transfer to paper towels to cool completely. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop the bacon and set aside.

Line a clean cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, 1 cup of the sugar, and the molasses until thoroughly combined, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, baking soda, and nutmeg and mix on medium speed for another 2 minutes.

Remove the paddle attachment and the bowl and use a wooden spoon to fold in the bacon and peanuts. Roll the dough into large walnut-sized balls and roll in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Place on lined cookie sheet, and use a fork to make that distinctive peanut butter cookie crisscross pattern. If the cookie dough begins to stick to the fork, dip it in sugar before pressing into cookie. Dough will be a little crumbly, just press together with your fingers as necessary.

Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

 

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