Sunday, 24 March 2013

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

I know a couple of people who would say that everything is better with bacon.  I am not sure that I agree, but bake up a batch up these and decide for yourself.  This is not your average peanut butter cookie - the addition of molasses and a pinch of nutmeg are to thank for that, and you have the option to add bacon bits for a salty surprise.  The taste is...definitely interesting... well worth a try, and are a hit at any potluck or bake sale.   I suggest halving the amount of bacon and making a dozen with bacon, and a dozen without.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
from Joy the Baker

8 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
1 cup all natural peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp molasses
1/2 cup crumbled peanuts

Combine sugar and peanut butter in a bowl, mix well.
Add molasses and egg.  Mix well.
Add baking soda and nutmeg.  Mix until well blended.
Add crushed peanuts (and bacon bits if desired).

Form small balls of the dough and roll in granulated sugar.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and smoosh down with a fork, making the designated peanut butter cookie criss-cross pattern.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.  Makes about 2 dozen.
With bacon

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