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Valentine’s Day suggestion? Homemade Cookies

Posted in Recipes, Stuff with tags , , , on February 13, 2010 by Jessica Lada

Get originality points for Valentine’s Day this year. Instead of generic chocolates, go for a different kind of edible heart attack.

I love to bake.  And I had a great reason to bake things this past year because (up until January 16th) my fiancé was living in Brooklyn, NY, about 1500 miles away from me.  NYC is an expensive place, especially for an opera singer, so every couple of weeks I’d make a big batch of cookies and send them in a USPS Flat Rate shipping box (pretty much the best way to ship things ever).

In addition to baking, I also love bacon.  It’s always on my grocery list and my fridge is never without it.  I honestly think it’s one of the greatest foods ever.  Bless the pig, for he is tasty and delicious.

My fiancé, good country boy that he is, also loves bacon.   But his roommate in Brooklyn was a vegan who very strongly discouraged any bacon in the apartment.  He said it made his clothes smell.   But as much as he hated bacon, he loved my homemade cookies.

One weekend I decided to create my own cookie recipe by combining two of my favorite things.  I took my mom’s chocolate chip cookie recipe and made a few substitutions.  In place of part of the shortening, I used bacon drippings.  I added a third cup of maple syrup and some molasses.  And instead of chocolate chips, I fried a pound of bacon and crumbled it up.   (Needless to say, the bacon-hating roommate was not impressed.)  I know it sounds bizarre, but the combination of crunchy golden cookie, little salty morsels of bacon, and just a hint of maple syrup is absolutely divine.

If love was a cookie, this would be it.

I Can Has Bacon Cookiez? Recipe:

1 1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. crisco
1 Tbsp. bacon drippings
1/2 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/3 c. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. molasses
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb. bacon, fried crispy and crumbled
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Cream together everything but the bacon, flour, and baking powder, then gradually stir in the dry ingredients.

Globs the size of ping pong balls, squished to about 1/4″. Bake 14-16 minutes, 350 degrees. Makes 4-5 dozen.