Ok, I might be going a little overboard with the whole bacon thing, but can you blame me? Bacon is so perfect in so many ways, it seems only natural for me to want to include it in another perfect food: peanut butter cookies.
This is another one of Joy's recipes with minor alterations. The recipe calls for natural peanut butter (who likes thats stuff anyways?) but I used my good old friend Skippy and omitted some of the sugar in the original recipe. The result, a delightful combination of salty sweet goodness and plenty of perplexed looks from the people I made them for, followed by pleased smiles of course :)
Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
adapted from Joy the Baker
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup sugar minus 2 tbsp (1/2 cup brown sugar minus 1 tbsp and 1/2 cup granulated sugar minus 1 tbsp)
*in order to compensate for the "unnatural" peanut butter's added sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
about 6 slices of bacon, cooked, cooled and dices
1. In a skillet over medium high heat, fry up bacon until cooked through and let cool on paper towels until cool enough to dice. Dice up and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.
3. In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Fold in cooked bacon.
4. Roll into large walnut sized balls and create a cris-cross pattern with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a baking sheet for five minutes.