Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
 

Makes about 18 large cookies

Thin and Chewy

5 strips maple smoked bacon

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

3/4 teaspoon maple extract

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup walnuts


1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add bacon. Cook, turning several times, until browned and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Chop finely.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.

4. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Add egg and maple extract and beat until just blended. Add the dry ingredients; beat until just incorporated and the flour is dissolved. Stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and bacon.

5. Drop one large tablespoon of cookie dough 2-3 inches apart, as they will spread. (I put 6 cookies per sheet.) Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm and golden brown around the edges and still slightly soft in the center. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes. 


Thick and Chewy

5 strips maple smoked bacon

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¾ stick butter unsalted butter at room temperature

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

3/4 teaspoon maple extract

2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup chopped walnuts


Follow the same instructions as above.