Brown Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

photo35Everything you could want in a single cookie and more. I think I originally found this recipe on Pinterest. It also had maple in it, but I found you couldn't taste the maple so I removed it. I also added more butter to the recipe because the cookies were a little dry for my taste. Otherwise this is a pretty basic cookie recipe. Very easy to make, but they will truly impress your guests. Just when you say the name people's mouths will start watering.

Cost: About $10, the main cost factor is the bacon. It should make at least 3 dozen cookies

Quick tip: This recipe uses a combination of cake flour and all purpose flour. The cake flour has less gluten and makes the cookies lighter and less chewy. If you only have all purpose flour feel free to just use that.

Dietary Classifications: None

Ingredients

2 1/2 Sticks of unsalted Butter
1 1/2 c Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
2 c Cake Flour
1 c All-purpose Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 c cooked Bacon Crumbles
2 Tbsp melted Bacon Fat
1 1/2 c Chocolate Chips
Kosher Salt or Sea Salt to Sprinkle on top

Directions

Set 1 1/2 sticks of butter out to soften. Place the other stick of butter in a pot over medium heat and let it slowly brown. Look for a brown color in the bottom of the pan and the butter should smell a little nutty. Don't let it burn and turn black. Let the butter cool at room temperature until it is no longer liquid. You can place it in the fridge or freezer for a little bit to speed up the process.

Beat the sugar, bacon fat and all the butter together with a mixer on medium speed until it becomes fluffy. Now add in the vanilla and egg. Beat until just well combined.

Sift together the flours, baking soda and salt. Mix to combine the flour mixture with the other ingredients. Then stir in the chocolate chips and bacon pieces. Reserve some of the bacon pieces to garnish the cookies with.

Refrigerate the dough for about a half hour. You want the dough to harden slightly but not get too hard or the cookies will not spread when in the oven. However if the dough is too warm the cookies will just melt in the oven.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls of dough on the cookie sheet. You can decide how big you want to make them. Bake for between 9-12 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Move them to a cooling rack and put some bacon on the top of each cooking. Sprinkle with salt if you want a little extra flavor.

These will get gobbled up!