Maple Bacon Cookies

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 5, 2012

Maple Bacon Cookies: chewy delicious maple cookies with bacon pieces. Don't hate till you try it
Sometimes combining sweet and salty just has to be done. This time the salty comes in the form of bacon. These cookies are for the true bacon lovers out there. The smokiness of the bacon, combined with the brown sugar and the chocolate chips and the maple flavor, OH MY!

Now, if you’re a planner, make sure you read the note in the recipe to bake your bacon ahead of time. I like baking mine with brown sugar, just to add an extra step of sweetness, but you don’t have to do that (you could also use maple bacon). 
Maple Bacon Cookies: chewy delicious maple cookies with bacon pieces. Don't hate till you try it
I can’t tell you how much I love the maple bacon combination. I know my friend Jocelyn thinks it’s crazy (dang, I shouldn’t have eaten them all and I could have sent her some samples)!! Look what else you can make:

Okay, I completely understand not joining in a “trend”. I’m the girl who was still wearing leg warmers when it wasn’t cool, and rolled my jeans up far longer than necessary. I get it.

But don’t be late on this one. Give it a try. And if you’re not convinced, I’ll be happy to take all your leftovers.

 Maple Bacon Cookies: chewy delicious maple cookies with bacon pieces. Don't hate till you try it

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Maple Bacon Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet morsels
  • 4 thick slices bacon, cooked (see note below)

Instructions

  1. NOTE: Before starting, cook bacon. Lay 4 thick slices of bacon on a small baking sheet lined with foil. Top with 1/3 cup brown sugar. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on piece of foil. Cut into small pieces when cooled and set aside for cookies.
  2. In mixer, beat butter with brown sugar for 4 minutes. Add salt, eggs and maple extract. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and baking powder. Fold in bacon and chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop by large tablespoons onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow to sit on pan 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!
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Jocelyn July 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

hahahaha! I’m going to take your word on how good these cookies are:-) I just can’t seem to get on board that bacon train…unless it is 100* out and the bacon is in a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. I know, it’s strange that I can eat it that way and no other way!!! But for the record, I think your cookies look pretty tasty!!!

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Aimee July 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

What? You don’t even LOVE bacon on it’s own? I do love a BLT too!!!

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Jocelyn July 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Nope I have no love for the greasy stuff:-) But give me a BLT and I will go to town!!!!

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Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

I am with Jocelyn on the bacon in sweets thing. But! Something tells me my Hubby will actually like these! I need to try them!

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Aimee July 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Don’t you get on Jocelyn’s wagon here! Make some for hubby and give them a try. SO SO good!

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Hayley July 6, 2012 at 1:32 am

Alright, I’m intrigued!! Usually the idea is something I can’t completely get behind, but these look perfect.

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Aimee July 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Hayley!! MUST try!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 6, 2012 at 2:16 am

I LOVE BACON AND MAPLE. It’s so awesome. I had a bacon maple doughnut in Oregon one time and oh my goodness it was a total party in my mouth. I love these cookies!

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Aimee July 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

THANK YOU! The doughnuts were the first I’ve tried too. Now I want to make bacon maple buttercream and put it on a cupcake. Oh, yum!

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homekeepingtheadventure July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I LOVE the bacon/maple combo. I will definitely be trying these cookies. Thanks for such a great recipe!

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JAIMIE @ roxyloveblog July 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I just about had a heart attack when I saw this. SO AMAZING!!

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Aimee July 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

haha! Thanks!

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Amy July 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I am pretty sure my husband would go crazy over these cookies. He LOVES bacon, or as he calls it the fifth food group. Thanks for the recipe!

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Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com July 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

Oh my is right! This is a tasty combination!!!! I wish I could have those donuts with my coffee tomorrow, do you deliver?

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Aimee July 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

No, but I take visitors :)

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Back for Seconds July 7, 2012 at 2:28 am

I don’t eat much bacon because it always has so much fat and grease, but I actually like the flavor. These are piquing my interest big time though. I think I’m gonna make them! My man will be quite pleased, I’m sure. I wonder how a maple bacon cupcake would be??

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Aimee July 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I think it would be awesome.

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Something Swanky July 7, 2012 at 2:46 am

Um, YES. Please. Now. You’ll send some my way? Thanks :)

I actually just did an awesome maple bacon recipe. But the pics look SO autumn-y that I’m waiting to post. AWESOME flavor combo. Donuts are the BEST!

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myfudo July 7, 2012 at 4:56 am

I am in love with anything that is bacon…tastes really perfect with a hint of maple syrup. Let’s get it on for a delightful breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

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sally @ sallys baking addiction July 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

All of my favorite breakfast tastes into one cookie? I’m in love. Maple and bacon are a match made in heaven!! I could go for one of these cookies after I polish off a nutella stuffed muffin! What a pair that would be!!

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Marcy Grauer July 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Yum! I am sure my kids would love this!

Marcy
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Nicole {WonkyWonderful} July 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

These look amazingly delicious! Have a great weekend :)

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Kathleen July 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

These look Seriously ah-mazing!!!!

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Aimee July 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

They tasted seriously ah-mazing too!

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Tracy July 9, 2012 at 3:27 am

These look so good! And since they have maple and bacon I can eat them for breakfast right? ;-)

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ally July 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

super creative & fantastic recipe – who doesn’t love the sweet & salty combo!?
xo
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Julie July 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

OK- I’ve been intrigued by the bacon in my baked goods trend, and these look awesome! Must try!

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Anonymous August 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I tried the Maple Bacon cookie at Schmackary’s in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC and fell in love, so I’m gonna try this recipe out! There weren’t any chocolate chips in Schmackary’s, so I think I’ll exclude those…hopefully they’ll still be as great as they look. Maybe butterscotch chips would be tasty…?

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Aimee August 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I’m sure they will be just perfect. Although I’ve never had one from Schmackary’s, not sure if it will be the same at all! Still delicious!

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Laura Dembowski August 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Bacon makes everything better. It should totally appear in more desserts. These cookies look so yummy and sound like the perfect balance of salty and sweet!

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Elnea December 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

This recipe sounds DELICIOUS. Question though: why did you choose to use maple extract over maple syrup? I wan’t to make these soon but I can’t find maple extract anywhere. Any suggestions on subbing syrup?

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b December 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

This was AWESOME. I just wish I would have realize how awesome before I bought ingredients for other types of cookies…. It’ll be a weird gift basket, like inviting Micheal Jackson to dinner and having him bring LaToya… I mean, LaToya is *okay* and has some entertainment value, but nobody would pay attention… Much like the remainder of the cookies in my basket. :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

This had me cracking up! Thanks for the chuckle tonight, glad you enjoyed them!!

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Kelly January 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

YUMMY! Quick question, in the ingredient list you say the recipe calls for 1 3/4 C brown sugar, then in the steps we add 1/3C brown sugar to the bacon. I am assuming the 1/3C is in addition to the 1 3/4C in the dough, is that right?
Thanks Aimee!!

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aimee @ shugarysweets January 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Hi Kelly, it is in addition. I guess I need to fix that in the recipe :) ENJOY!!!
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NotABaker January 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Just made my first batch of these – came out a little fluffier than I would have hoped but still a great combination and a wonderful taste! Bringing them to a work meeting tomorrow!

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Joan@Chocolateandmore January 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I really wish you hadn’t shared this! I’m going to have to make these! Oh and since there’s bacon in these, they’re perfect for breakfast, right?
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Megan @ The Pink Flour January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Sweet and salty is a combo I never get tired of…and there’s bacon too – I’m sold!
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Jenna@littlekitchenbigflavors January 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Annnnddd… you had me at bacon.
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Ruthie January 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Wow! Looks simply divine… pinned! Please come and share it at my Super Saturday Show & Tell tomorrow :) http://whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

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Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun January 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

You can never go wrong with Maple and Bacon. Yum! Pinning now!
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Cassie May 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. These cookies are absolutely amazing!!

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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I can’t wait to give this one a try! LOVE bacon –pinning!
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Mercy June 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Just made these in preparation for father’s day tomorrow, AMAZING! Followed the recipe exactly except I used Beer Candied Bacon instead of plain bacon, which brought it to a new level. These are excelent and produced some good looking cookies too. Will be adding these to my favorite recipe collection! Thank you for posting this.

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

So glad you liked the cookies!!

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Krista October 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I’m definitely making these! Hubby is heading on his fishing trip with the boys and they love bacon! Plus our family is pretty adventurous… Made a Peanut butter bacon cheesecake with caramel and maple topping… not to toot my own horn but DELICIOUS!

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Donna October 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Could I use maple syrup instead of the extract?

Thank you.

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aimee @ shugarysweets October 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Maple extract (flavoring) is much more concentrated than syrup. So it definitely can’t be swapped to get equal results.

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sue November 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I can’t wait to make these! Is it 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar + the 1/3 cup for the bacon? Or is that included in the measurement?

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ce58 December 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

While maple syrup isn’t as concentrated as extract, has anyone tried using it instead of some of the sugar (and so using more than just 2tsp)? I’d also assume one used real maple syrup, not pancake syrup if they did try this as the flavor is drastically different. Thoughts? I may just have to experiment on my own since I don’t have maple extract…
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Tammi January 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Any suggestions to how I could use the 100% maple syrup in place of using the extract??

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Jayna January 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Just made these this weekend! I couldn’t find any maple extract, so I used maple syrup, but used about 3 tsp instead of the 2 the recipe calls for. Aimee is definitely right — it’s not as concentrated, so the flavor doesn’t come through the same, but in my opinion, it still added enough maple flavor to taste! I’d love to try it again once I can get my hands on some maple extract, but for now, they turned out perfectly!! My boyfriend LOVES them! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

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aimee @ shugarysweets January 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the cookies! Definitely give them a try with the extract!!

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Peg November 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I would love to try this recipe, but when I used the print feature the link to that Probiotic Pearls ad was on my recipe! Sorry, but I can’t have that in my files. I’ve printed lots of recipes from websites that have coupons on them and never before have I gotten one on the printed out or saved recipe.

What’s up with that?

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aimee @ shugarysweets November 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I have no idea why that happened!

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Debbie December 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Maple and bacon!!! Oh yeah! We gals in Oklahoma know that is an awesome combination. Will be trying this recipe soon :)

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Mari December 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

Is the 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar + the 1/3 cup for the bacon? Or is that included in the measurement?

Please let me know ASAP, I want to make this within the next few days :)

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