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Maple Bacon Cookies

Bacon lovers everywhere rejoice! Maple Bacon Cookies bring your favorite breakfast flavor combo into an easy to make and transport dessert. This recipe is a must-try!

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. In these maple cookies, the salty component comes in the form of BACON!

This cookie recipe is 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 . . . . It just doesn’t get any better when the sweet and salty cravings hit!

Maple Cookies

You may remember these Maple Bacon Blondies, as a true testament to my love for bacon in desserts. It was high time I gave my maple cookie recipe the same treatment.

Everyone knows that the best part of a big weekend breakfast is when the maple syrup from your pancakes crosses paths with the crispy slices of bacon on your plate. Maybe it started as a happy accident but maple and bacon were clearly made to go together!

The combination of tastes works perfectly in cookies, too. By folding cooked bacon into your cookie dough, you get a dessert that has to be tasted to be understood. Sweet, salty and a just a little smoky, these are perfect for people who like their cookies a little bit on the “unusual” side.

Because I believe in adding to chocolate to anything and everything, I decided to fold mini chocolate morsels into my cookies, too. I have no regrets.

One thing to note: Before you make these cookies, you need to cook the bacon first! (Raw bacon in cookies? Blergh, no thank you.) If you have leftover bacon from breakfast, set it aside and bake these cookies.

Of course, it only takes a few minutes to cook a fresh batch of bacon in the oven!

How to Cook Bacon

Since you need a hot oven for the cookies anyway, you might as well fire it up to cook the bacon too. The oven baking method is my favorite.

Lay 4 thick slices of bacon on a small baking sheet lined with foil. If you like a bit more sweetness, do what I do and sprinkle brown sugar on your bacon before putting it in the oven. 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 the cookies.

How to Make Maple Bacon Cookies

Once your bacon is cooled and cut, it’s time to make some delicious Maple Cookies.

STEP 1. Make the maple dough

In a stand mixer, beat butter with brown sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add salt, eggs and maple extract. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and baking powder.

STEP 3. Add bacon and bake!

Fold in bacon and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Scoop by large tablespoons onto a prepared baking sheet. I like to line mine with parchment to keep it non-stick and make clean up easier.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

  • For even more maple flavor, you can use maple bacon instead of regular here. If you do that, you won’t need to add any brown sugar on top before baking.
  • The chocolate chips are a tasty addition but optional. Feel free to leave them out if you’re not in the mood for chocolate (unfathomable to me).
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container and enjoy within 3 -4 days.
Maple Bacon Cookies: chewy delicious maple cookies with bacon pieces. Don't hate till you try it

Ready to hop on the maple-bacon train yet? 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 with chocolate chips are the ultimate cookie for bacon lovers! A little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot irresistible, these cookies are just the treat to shake up your baking routine.

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Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Maple Bacon Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ 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 ⅓ 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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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on July 5, 2012

Comments & Reviews

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!!

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!

  12. 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. 🙂

  13. 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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