Make it. Eat it. Love it.
I take my chocolate chip cookies very seriously. Growing up on Long Island I was lucky enough to enjoy the buttery crunchy goodness that is Tates chocolate chip cookies. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of munching on one of these amazing cookies, they are the perfect chocolate chip cookie in my opinion. First bite into a Tates cookie and you are hooked. No other cookie will do.
It took me a long time of testing out different recipes to finally be able to have a home made chocolate chip cookie that I am proud to say rivals my favorite baked treat growing up.
A good chocolate chip cookie recipe is essential to any household. Not as buttery as Tates and with a little bit more of a chew, my famed (yes famed, people request them) chocolate chip cookies are that perfect essential recipe. I have added caramelized bacon (yes, I went there) to these chocolate chip cookies because as I have mentioned before, everything is better with bacon. If however you are like my brother and havent jumped on the bacon in sweets train leave it out because lets face it, these chocolate chip cookies are awesome sans bacon too, but, why on earth would you choose not to go that extra step and throw it in?
I suppose that I should disclose that these cookies are addictive. Really. Addictive. I dare you to eat just one. You will not be able to do it. I promise. Also if you are anything like me, you may want to make a few extra slices of the caramelized bacon because it will be pretty hard to not eat them before you chop them up for the cookies.
For Caramelized Bacon
10 Strips Bacon
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 Stick Butter, plus 2 Tablespoons
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/ 8 Cup Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Heaping Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Caramelized Bacon (above)
For Caramelized Bacon
Pre heat oven to 380F
Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay strips of bacon on top.
Sprinkle bacon with half the brown sugar.
Bake for 5-7 minutes and flip the bacon.
Sprinkle bacon with the rest of the brown sugar.
Bake for another 5-7 minutes or until a deep brown color.
Make sure the bacon does not burn!
Remove from oven and cool.
Once cooled, chop bacon into small pieces.
Pre heat oven to 350F and grease baking sheets.
In a small bowl whisk together flour and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl beat together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, slowly and mix until combined.
Mix in chocolate chips and caramelized bacon.
Place small tablespoon sized balls of dough onto greased baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a light golden color.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
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