Maple Bacon Cookies

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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.
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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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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. I would have never thought to make maple bacon cookies but this sounds really good. I am going to have to try this idea. Thank you so much for sharing! I love your recipes. 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness! These are amazing! I added pecans and used maple flavored pecans. I did sample the bacon once cooked.

  3. Is it listed somewhere I missed? How many cookies does this yield? I have to make 120 cookies and don’t know what recipe to use. I want to make bacon cookies, but that could get a bit expensive.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

    1. Brown sugar should always be packed, but I’ll make a note to specify in my recipes in case people didn’t know 🙂

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!
    *hugs*
    Ellen

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

  10. 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..

    *hugs*

  11. 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!!

  12. 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? 

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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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