Maple Bacon Cookies

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
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

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Maple Bacon Cookies


  • 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)


  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. Scoop by large tablespoons onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  3. 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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Posted on July 5, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. Maple syrup on the bacon doesn’t work too well… too soggy. They make maple extract or you could add syrup to the cookie recipe…

  2. It’s been asked a couple of times and I’m curious to the answer. Is the 1/3 cup of sugar deducted from the 1-3/4 cups listed?

    1. I had to scroll way back to get the answer. It is in addition to the 1¾. She said she was going to correct it, but apparently got busy and forgot.

  3. Should the brown sugar be packed when measured?  I used a little extra but didn’t pack it because the recipe didn’t say to. My cookies tasted good but seemed too dense.  I wonder if they needed more brown sugar. 

  4. I wonder if lightly brushing the tops with maple syrup before putting them in the oven would work. Likely syrup would burn, and spoil the cookies? Or would it give the cookie a nice sticky maple syrup consistency topping? hmmmm

  5. Hi! These fit perfectly for the cookie swap I have coming up!! I was also wondering about the brown sugar and didn’t see an answer above. Is the 1/3 cup for the bacon in addition to the 1 3/4 cup in the cookies? Thank you!

  6. Using Bacon Jam worked great!
    I used two heaping tablespoons of the bacon jam and worried that not enough of a ‘bacony’ (is that a word??), flavor would get through.. My daughter had found “maple bacon” extract, so we added that as well.. I think like 1/2 a teaspoon with the one teaspoon regular maple extract…
    The result was a rich , balanced very tasty cookie.. Some of which are now winging their way across the country in “cookie packs” to the few we send to each year..
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and your replies to my posts.. hehehe I’m sue I’ll be back!
    My next ‘foodie mission’ is to see what kinds of ball shaped foods I can come up with as take alongs to various visits and gathers
    Again thank you
    off on my food ball search lol!

    1. Thanks for coming back and letting me know!! I’m sure your family and friends are going to love their cookie packs!!

  7. THANK YOU !!!!!
    Very nice to have a reply unlike some other foodie sites where a comment gets post then removed and/or ignored!

    Will be making these over the weekend – going try them using my latest batch of Bacon Jam…. If the bacon jam doesn’t work, will have to do my baking in the very wee hours of the night……. cross fingers for me! lol
    I’ll let you know how it works out..


  8. My family is pretty much on board with anything that has bacon…………
    Probably why I HAVE to always have a batch of Bacon Jam in the fridge……..
    I was wondering if I could use some of the bacon jam in this instead of slices of bacon?????
    Say maybe a spoon full of bacon jam for each slice the recipe calls for??
    I don’t mean to sound lazy but here sliced , cut or crumbled cooked bacon doesn’t last.. They would never “allow” it to sit long enough to go into a recipe.. lol I’m lucky I can get the raw stuff into he pan to join the rest of the jam ingredients!!

  9. I just bought nestle tollhouse maple chips (like chocolate chips but maple flavored I guess!). Could I sub them in for some of the chocolate chips and omit the maple extract? 

  10. Ahh. I’m determined to make this for father’s day, (even though I can’t stand bacon) Wish me luck~

  11. I made these because my son asked me to make a cookie with bacon in it. I had leftover butterscotch chips from another recipe I was doing so I looked on line for a bacon recipe as I thought they would pair well
    I picked this recipe over all the other ones. The cookies turned out ridiculously good. They were inhaled by my coworkers when I brought some for them to try and my son just loved them. I am baking another batch today. Try it with butterscotch chips… you won’t be disappointed!

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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?

  14. 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!!

  15. 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…

  16. 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?

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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!!

  22. 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. 🙂

  23. 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?

  24. 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!

  25. 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…?

    1. 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!

  26. super creative & fantastic recipe – who doesn’t love the sweet & salty combo!?

  27. 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!!

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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??

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

  32. 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!

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

  34. 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!

    1. 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!

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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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