chocolate chip cookies wtih bacon greaseI don't get too excited about the "adding bacon to dessert" fad except when we're talking about Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Bacon Fat. Now, before you turn up your nose and go, "Ewwwww!" hear me out: To make these cookies, you simply substitute rendered bacon grease in place of some of the butter/oil in a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe. The bacon fat gives the cookie an ever-so-slight salty taste that goes perfectly with good quality dark chocolate chips. Seriously, how could you not be into this?

Chocolate Chip Cookies With Bacon Fat from Chef Ross Sveback

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rendered bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. maple flavoring
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • Sea salt for sprinkling on top (optional)

Instructions

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream bacon grease, butter, and brown sugar together, scraping bowl if necessary to combine.

2. Add eggs, vanilla bean paste or extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt -- mix on medium low to combine.

3. Add flour and stir to incorporate -- scraping bottom of bowl to ensure all the flour is mixed together.

4. Add chocolate chips and nuts, then stir again. Let dough rest for a half hour.

5. Scoop spoon-sized balls of dough onto baking sheets.

6. Bake for 16 minutes at 350, turning pans or rotating them bottom to top if necessary depending on your oven halfway through the baking time.

7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack until you are ready to eat them.

 

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