Maple Bacon Cookies

Bacon lovers rejoice! Maple Bacon Cookies bring your favorite breakfast combo into an easy to make dessert. Chewy chocolate chip cookies loaded with bacon bits and maple flavor.

For another dessert recipe with bacon, try these Maple Bacon Blondies, which are easy and delicious. Looking for something more traditional? This Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese will hit the spot!

Chocolate chip cookies with bacon bits.

Why You’ll Love These Maple Bacon Cookies

Sometimes combining sweet and salty just has to be done. In these maple bacon cookies, the salty component comes in the form of BACON!

Here’s why you’re going to love ‘em:

  • 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 and neither will you!
  • These are also just delicious cookies in their own right, with a nice soft, chewy texture. And they’re easy too!

Love sweet and salty? Add our salted caramel brownies and salted nut roll to your baking list asap!

Important Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make maple bacon cookies.
  • Unsalted butter – Most baking recipes call for unsalted butter, but it’s even more important in this maple bacon cookie recipe since bacon tends to be salty on its own. Use our guide on how to soften butter quickly.
  • Light brown sugar – Light brown sugar has a milder flavor than dark brown.
  • Maple extract – Why extract instead of syrup? Because it gives you a pronounced maple flavor without adding excess liquid to the cookie dough. Maple flavoring will also work!
  • Semi-sweet morsels – Or chopped dark chocolate.
  • Thick bacon slices – For that nice chewy-crispy texture.

How to Make Maple Bacon Cookies

Step by step photos showing how to make maple bacon cookies.

Cook the Bacon:

  • Lay the slices of bacon on a small baking sheet lined with foil. 
  • Top with 1/3 cup brown sugar. 
  • Bake in a 400º oven for 20 minutes. 
  • Remove from the pan and cool on piece of foil. 
  • Cut into small pieces when cooled.

Make the Cookie Dough:

  • In mixer, beat the butter with the brown sugar for 4 minutes. 
  • Add the salt, eggs, and maple extract. 
  • Slowly add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. 
  • Fold in the bacon and chocolate chips.

Bake the Maple Bacon Cookies:

  • Scoop large tablespoons of dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in a 375ºF oven for 10-12 minutes. 
  • Allow to cool on the pan 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Chocolate chip bacon cookies on a cooling rack.

Recipe FAQs

Do I have to cook the bacon first?

Yes! If you leave the bacon raw, the cookies will be greasy and there’s a chance the bacon won’t cook through. 

Can I make these maple bacon cookies crispy instead of chewy?

If crisp cookies are your favorite, you can bake these maple bacon cookies a little bit longer or melt the butter for the dough instead of softening it. 

Can I pan fry the bacon instead of baking it?

Yes, you can pan fry the bacon if you prefer. In that case, I’d start with a bacon that’s already sweet (like maple or brown sugar bacon) and skip adding the 1/3 cup of brown sugar.

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Maple Bacon Cookies

4.54 from 41 votes
By: Aimee
Bacon lovers rejoice! Maple Bacon Cookies bring your favorite breakfast combo into an easy to make dessert. Chewy chocolate chip cookies loaded with bacon bits and maple flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet morsels
  • 4 thick slices bacon cooked (see note below)
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Instructions 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Notes

  • Be sure to soften the butter. This allows it to mix evenly into the dough.
  • 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 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.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 70mg, Sugar: 9g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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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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Posted on January 24, 2024

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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