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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

For Cookies

1 Stick Butter, plus 2 Tablespoons
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
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.

For Cookies

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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69 thoughts on “Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  • I love chocolate chip cookies, but bacon in it?!! How did you ever come to this idea? It sounds very interesting, but I just can’t imagine the taste no matter how much I twist my head, Sweet, salty, some added crunch? Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ohhh chocolate chip cookies!!! I love them! I have never tried them with caramelised bacon, but it does sound like a very interesting combo to me! Great pictures by the way! 🙂

  • when i read the title and saw the word “bacon”… i had to make sure i read correctly…lol. this is certainly a unique recipe but a good change from the regular boring chocolate chip cookies!

    btw, your pictures are wonderful 🙂

  • These certainly do look like amazing CC cookies. I’ve only recently gotten comfortable with the idea of bacon in sweets, but I’d try these in a heartbeat.

    • Carolyn, if you are new to the bacon in sweets thing, these are a perfect way to start! they will forever convert you.

    • Thanks Belinda!! You dont have to do much convincing around this house either! They dont last very long.

  • I got my feet wet with the last DB Challenge and now realize how yummy bacon can be in desserts. I’m sure I’ll try this, just don’t tell my doctor!

    • Sandra, i think once you dive into the bacon in sweets there is no turning back. You get hooked! I wont tell your doctor, but if he ate one he wouldnt mind cutting you some slack. My husband is a medical student and you cant pry him away from these 🙂

  • Hi Beth! Something about bacon with sweets among the foodie bloggers (I saw a couple of recipes over past 2 weeks). Is it a trend from American foodies? Americans are always creative! Everyone say it’s so good, and I’m still “suspicious” to try… really, really??? I guess only way to find out is to try myself… bacon with sweets… hmm… LOL.

    • Nami, Im not sure if its an American foodie thing, but it definitely seems like something us Americans would do. Make something more unhealthy then it already is!!!! I was suspicious at first too, but once I tried it there was no going back. These cookies are a great way to start! You will love it.

  • All this bacon in food…there must be a celebration for men approaching. My husband is going to think these are amazing. That is if the chocolate chips doesn’t overpower the bacon. Last night we had BLT’s w/ basil mayo and he said, “meh. The basil overpowered the bacon.” Silly boy.

    • Gwenevere, The chocolate does not take away from the bacon in these cookies You also can always add extra bacon because I’ve never heard anyone say “there is just too much bacon”! Basil Mayo BLT’s sound soooooo good!

  • This must be bacon in cookies week! I’ve got a recipe to post as well with caramelized bacon in it (did I mention how much I love bacon??) I swear the bacon factor plays largely into why I could never be vegetarian!
    It’s also National Cookie Week!! Yeah Cookies!

    • Thanks Kimberli! I can’t wait to see your cookies with bacon in them! I didn’t know it was national cookie week!! Guess Ill just have to make more of these 🙂

  • Okay, I’ll confess…. I went “um NO freaking way!” at these but upon looking I’m curiously, skeptic but tantalized? Do those words even belong together? LOL
    I may have to do this. I’m brave…. I can do it!

  • Made these over the weekend and my friends LOVED them! Even if you were to exclude the bacon, the chocolate chip cookie is delicious. I was hoping that more of the saltiness of the bacon would come out, but all I could really taste was the texture of the bacon. Is the bacon supposed to be crisp after cooking in the oven? I found that 5-7 min on each side was not enough and the bacon I tossed into the batter was chewy.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle, I’m so happy your friends loved the cookies! As for the bacon, if you want more of the bacon flavor to come out I would use less brown sugar to caramelize them or even none at all and just cook them in a fry pan till you grt the desired doneness. Also for the texture, my bacon is usually a bit more on the chew side then the very crunchy side, it’s all about your personal preference! Leave the strips in a bit longer next time to get more of a crunch! Just remember to keep an eye on them so it doesn’t burn.

  • Made these for my husband’s birthday yesterday. Delicious!! My cookies came out very thin — maybe too much beating of the butter and sugars? Regardless, loved the recipe and will make again. Thanks!

    • Andry, Im so glad you liked them! My cookies come out thin, but not terribly thin. Perhaps you are right and it was the over mixing of the butter and sugars. Im still glad you enjoyed them!

  • i made these for mothers day… they were AMAZING!!!! i might make more tonight!! thank you for sharing and congrats on the daily buzz feature!

  • OMG……..(as my kids would say) chocolate chip cookies with BACON…….combining 2 major food groups (bacon and chocolate chip cookies)together is just genius!!

    We are approaching nirvana……..

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Thanks Kevin. These are definitely nirvana in a cookie! Your kids will love them (if you let them have any 🙂 you may hide them for your own enjoyment)

    • Jess, Bacon donuts?? that sounds amazinggggg!! If you love bacon and chocolate you should definitely try these!

    • Thanks Kelly. I too love the movement. I mean whats not to love? Bacon, good. chocolate, good. Match made in heaven!!

  • Okay, I just made them. All I can say is, WOW! My mother is a very controlled diabetic, and she just traded in the rest of her carbs for the day so she could have a second one! Amazing. Can’t wait for my husband to come home and try one.

    • Christine, I am soooo happy you like them!! Your mom knows whats up, these are worth all your daily intake of carbs and sugar!

  • BethMichelle: Thank you for this amazing recipe, which I hope to bake soon. When I saw bacon mentioned, I remembered my Mom baking with bacon fat in place of butter or lard in her cookies (this was way back when I was a young girl, and we had to pinch pennies). They were so good – the bacon taste added such richness! I’m sure these will be even better with the carmelized bacon. CHEERS from Halifax NS.

    • Thanks Kasandra. Cooking with bacon fat adds a lovely layer of taste to food. Especially baked goods! You will love these!

    • Jeannie, the unexpected is what makes these so wonderful! Bacon may not be the norm in chocolate chip cookies but once you try them it will be hard to go back to just plain old chocolate chip!

  • Hey! Just found your blog. It’s delightful!!! I know you have a little one, so I understand why you don’t blog as often. I hope all is well with you and yours.

    I know this may sound a silly question, but since these contain bacon, do they need to be refrigerated? I found your bacon truffle recipe and wondered the same thing. It is spring break here, but it’s too cold to enjoy outside activities, so thought of trying some bacon-themed sweets! I’m the only chick in my house–two sons & a hubby. Bacon is its own food group in our house. . . and chocolate chip cookies are our favorites! 🙂

    • Soooo sorry for the delayed response. I did not refrigerate them! The bacon is candied so they are fine in a cookie jar! Plus, I dont think they will last too long 🙂

  • Just made these, don’t do what I did without thinking and throw the bacon on paper towels to drain!! 🙁 but after that try were really good!!

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