Candied Bacon Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made the cookies again. I tweaked the recipe a little and gave it another go. That’s why I like this recipe. I didn’t include the bacon grease this time around. It was a bit overpowering before, and I upped the bourbon just a tad. The texture of the cookie is good but I would seriously consider adding more chocolate chips (and maybe crumbled bacon) if I were to bake these again. Because this recipe is a bit labor intensive, I probably won’t be baking these very often.

I am a cookie connoisseur. I am, really! I love cookies. I love to bake cookies and try new cookie recipes. That is why, when I saw this recipe on Tidy Mom, I knew I was going to try them. I did today, with a few modifications which I will note in the recipe. Thanks, Tidy Mom!

These cookies, though tasty, were a little work intensive, so whenI bit into the first one I was expecting angels to sing the Hallelujah chorus.  They didn’t, though I did get a few very nice comments from some people I shared them with. I’ll take it!

Yummy cookie dough


Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen


  • 5 slices bacon, raw
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( I did not use)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup bacon grease, chilled
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips ( I used semisweet)

For Candied Bacon

  • Preheat oven to bake at 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss bacon in ¼ cup maple syrup in a medium size bowl, then lay bacon on prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove bacon from oven, allow to cool, then crumble candied bacon and set aside.


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder,salt and pepper into a bowl. Set aside. ( I did not sift)
  • Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, bacon grease and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and bourbon. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate chips and crumbled bacon in and incorporate into dough. ( I don’t have a paddle mixer. In fact, I don’t have ANY mixer at the moment. Need to replace my handheld. I used a spoon and got a really good work0ut in)
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets at least 3 inches apart.
  • Bake until golden brown but still soft, 9-11 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Enjoy!


What’s your favorite cookie?

15 thoughts on “Candied Bacon Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I think if you left the maple out, you’d probably like it better. Bacon and bourbon, oh, yeah. I think that’s a masterpiece in the making. How about….a dark chocolate and bourbon cookie base, with bacon instead or with chocolate chips. I’ll volunteer to try those for ya. You’re welcome. LOL As to the mixer, save your $$ up and get a kitchenaid. Completely worth it. I’ve had one for years, it stands up to the challenge any day, any time. Don’t know how many hand held types I ran through. My great aunt gave me her old one ages ago, I gave it to my sister, got myself a new one. I’d never go back to any other type.

    • The maple syrup was just for the bacon. Yes, there are a few ways to go with this. No bacon, and just the grease. No grease and just the bacon. No bacon or grease. I’m thinking bourbon chocolate chip myself and I don’t think I would have a problem getting tasters, but thanks for volunteering:) What the heck, sure you can. Only prob with a Kitchenaid is the counter space. But yeah, too many handhelds to count.

    • Poor Chris. You should message me your address and I’ll send you a cookie or two. By the time you receive them you won’t need angels singing…you’ll be well on your way to total recovery. xoxox

  2. Did you ever try it with the cayenne pepper? I only recently tried my first Mayan Truffle, thanks to Godiva they have a chocolate truffle with a bit of spice to it. To my surprise I loved it. Now I am very curious. Booze, spice, bacon and chocolate. Hmm… this sound like my perfect PMS cure! ha ha ha, just have to teach the hubby to make this. ha ha ha that’s even funnier… This looks super ambitious. Was prep time really only 40 minutes? ! This might be a nap time project for sure. It will just take another month to prepare. Ha!

    • Never tried the pepper. The thought messes with my brain a little too much. Maybe I should try the Mayan Truffle, eh? I didn’t time it, I’m guessing longer from start to finish…may be closer to one hour to hour and a half.


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