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