Odd things happen when I leave this house on solo flights. I don’t necessarily have to be gone for a long time or for a big event. Sometimes, it only takes a few hours. Just long enough for Goose and the kids to get into the kitchen. He loves to experiment and truth be told, he’s far more adventurous than I am. That, I suppose, is how you end up with spicy maple bacon chocolate chip cookies. He also takes copious photos while he’s in the kitchen, to document his creations.
What his photos tells me are that he had a lot of help in creating these cookies.
He even coerced the littlest one into helping with the clean up. Some kind of miracle worker this man is, I tell you.
Of course, starting with brown sugar and maple syrup isn’t a bad way to go.
The zip from the cayenne pepper could be a bit of a eye brow raiser for some. The heat hits that palate following the sweet, leaving a warming sensation, rather than a fire breathing dragon type reaction.
Goose made a number of notes while making these cookies (no idea where he got that little idea from). Most notably that the dough cooks up better if it is chilled for an hour before baking. If they are baked while still room temperature, they spread out into more of a cookie chip-type dessert.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to work off some of these calories. Maybe by walking the dogs. For a few hours.
Spicy Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup bacon fat
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp . vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp dark maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tsp . baking powder
- 1 tsp . baking soda
- 1/2 tsp . salt
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup cooked bacon , crumbled
Cream together bacon fat, butter, sugar, eggs, and syrup
In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients
Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined
Stir in chocolate chips and bacon
Cover dough and chill approximately 1 hour
Preheat oven to 350 F
Bake on lined cookie sheet 12-15 minutes