Chocolate Chip & Maple Bacon Cookies

I know we’re a little late to the bacon-in-sweet-treats party that seemed to sweep the globe the last couple of years, but just at the tail-end of the year I saw this recipe for chocolate chip cookies with maple flavored bacon posted by Susan the Food Blogga when she hosted her third annual “Eat Christmas Cookies” event.

I had already made 3 different sweets to share with friends and neighbors, but still had not delivered treats to the crew at the neighborhood garage who diligently look after our car. The Brothers Magliozzi over at NPR’s Car Talk encourage their listeners to bring brownies and other treats to their dedicated auto mechanics often and in large quantities. I’ve taken this advice to heart and have plied our poor mechanics with heart-stopping quantities in the last year. Why stop now? Why not add another heart-clogging ingredient to the mix? Why not, indeed…

I knew I would love this combination so I made a double batch of Susan’s recipe for Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies, following her directions for the thin and chewy variety. Instead of looking for maple-flavored bacon, I baked some bacon with a drizzle of maple syrup on them and used the cooled bacon crumbles in the cookies. There were enough to share with the team at the garage as well as many other cookie lovers. Not to worry — the guys at the garage also got plenty of the fat-free Cocoa Cherry Biscotti, as well as melt-in-your-mouth Kipferln on the holiday cookie platter!

As for the cookies, I did love them! I thought the touch of sweetness and salt came together in a unique and harmonious way. Mmmm… yum… chew, crunch…

But I did hear grumblings. Mutterings such as “Why ruin a perfectly good chocolate chip cookie that way?” (That was T.)Ruin?! Well, I guess one person’s enhancement is another person’s ruin…

That’s okay. More for me…

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More from the cookie jar: Cocoa Cherry Biscotti, Green Tea Shortbread, Molasses Crinkles, Nut Horns