Sunday, August 7, 2011

"Ode to Philmont" Chocolate Chip and Bacon cookies

This recipe is adapted from Cooks Illustrated Magazine recipe I clipped ages ago for chocolate chip cookies.  I have been reading online about bacon being added to alot of unexpected recipes...even chocolate dipped bacon! I found a few recipes that called for bacon cookies and decided why not give this a whirl??
The name I gave these cookies is in honor of my boys' Boy Scout Troop (38 Owego NY). A few years ago the scouts and leaders (including 2 of my boys and my husband) traveled to New Mexico to spend 2 weeks hiking in the mountains...2 weeks straight of trail food, 60+ miles of rough terrain with heavy was an amazing adventure for all of them. When they got to the airport in New Mexico and called to say they were boarding...all of the wives and moms back in New York asked what we should bring to the airport and the unanimous answer was Bacon and Cookies!!! So being superb wives and mothers we did just that...we met them at the airport with literally pounds of crispy bacon and dozens of homemade cookies!! It was quite a site to see as they DEVORED everything right there in the airport.

So Troop 38...these cookies are for you!!

Ode to Philmont Cookies

1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup bittersweet (or dark choc) chocolate chips
3 tablespoons white chocolate, grated
4 slices bacon -crispy and diced into very small pieces

Put your oven rack in the middle and heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir 1 3/4 cups flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, the white chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Set this aside.

 Heat 10 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat until melted.  Continue cooking until it turns a  golden brown and smells very strongly(and wonderfully) of butter.  Swirl and stir frequently.  Watch this carefully! This will go from perfection to burnt extremely fast.  As soon as it’s done, take off the heat and stir in remaining 4 tablespoons of butter so that they melt. Pour into mixing bowl.

Then in the mixing bowl add 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, and 2 teaspoon vanilla. Add egg and egg yolk and mix very well. Let mixture stand for a few minutes.  Then mix again for 30 seconds. You want to make sure that the sugar has “melted” into the liquid.  When ready, mixture will be smooth.

 Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and bacon pieces.  Don’t over mix but make sure no flour pockets remain.

Place a heaping teaspoon of cookie dough on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes until crisp and golden on the edges and just set in the center.

 Cool on wire racks...and enjoy!!

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