Last October I went and visited my sister Blair in Chicago. She had planned all sorts of fun activities for us to do, Dose Market being one of them! This market gives small rising businesses a place to sell their products and gain some popularity from the locals. From micro-breweires, to art, to handcrafted jewelry, to delicious food, this market has it all! We came across a stand called Cookies & Carnitas which was selling large cookies. I was expecting your average chocolate chip and snicker doodles, but these guys took the art of cookie baking to a whole new level. I tried a sample piece of their bourbon bacon and pecan cookie which was delicious. I never thought that bourbon, bacon, and pecans- the key ingredients- would compliment each other so well. Naturally, I came to the conclusion that I had to try to recreate these awesome treats!
I checked out a few recipes and made a version that sounded pretty good. I decided incorporate some maple flavoring because I thought it would go nicely with the bourbon, bacon, and pecans. To make the maple more pronounced I used maple flavored bacon!
While I fried the bacon, I mixed the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Once the bacon was ready I used a paper towel to soak up the excess grease then chopped up about 8 of the pieces and added them to the dry ingredients (I left two for garnish). I used room temperature eggs and whipped them well to make the cookies nice and fluffy. I combined all the ingredients and mixed until the mixture was an even consistency. I actually used my hands halfway through to mix the dough easier.
I greased two cookies sheets and rolled out about 2 dozen dough balls and placed them on the sheets. I used the last 2 pieces of bacon that I had and cut them in small strips and palced them on top of the cookies as a garnish!
I placed them in the oven and cooked them for about 15 minutes. The smell of the maple flavoring in the cookies reminded me of the pancakes with maple syrup that my dad used to make my sisters and I on Sunday mornings!
These were so fun to make because the required some unusual ingredients. The combinations of flavors was awesome and I will definitely be making these again soon. This recipe makes about 24 cookies!
-2 1/4 cups flour
-1 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup light brown sugar
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 cup unsalted butter
-1 tsp maple extract
-2 large eggs
-3 Tbsp bourbon
-10 pieces of bacon (maple flavored)
-1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet begin cooking bacon pieces. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, and baking soda. In another smaller bowl whisk together room temperature eggs, melted butter, maple extract, and bourbon. Once the bacon pieces are done lay them on a paper towel to absorb the extra grease. Add pecans to the flour mixture and stir well. Then chop 8 pieces of bacon into small pieces and add to the flour mixture as well. Then add the butter, egg, bourbon, and maple extract mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until the mixture is an even consistency throughout. You can use your hands if needed. Grease two cookie sheets and roll the dough into small pieces (about 1.5X1.5 inch) and place them on the cookie sheet. Take the remaining two pieces and slice them into short strips and place on top of each cookie as a garnish. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then serve and enjoy!