The rich sweet caramel aroma of the bourbon with the subtle smoky salty flavor from the bacon takes your everyday chocolate chip cookies from ordinary to extraordinary.
Anyways, most men I know love bacon, and most men I know like whisky, or rye, or bourbon. It’s all the same, yet different according to the spirit experts. So, I decided to bake some bourbon bacon chocolate chip cookies. I’ve tried bacon chocolate chip cookies before when they first became trendy. I wasn’t sure what they were going to be like, but I was surprised about how well the smoky saltiness went with the sweetness of the chocolate chips.
I do enjoy adding alcohol to baked goods, not because I’m a lush. I’m actually not a big drinker at all, but I find adding a little bit alcohol really elevates the aroma and depth of flavor in foods. Most of the alcohol cooks off and you are left with all the lovely notes and undertones. Though, I do want to be clear in that not all of the alcohol content goes away when you cook or bake it. Just in case anyone’s wondering out there.
The texture of these cookies is incredibly soft and chewy because of the extra egg yolk and because they’re made using melted butter instead of softened. The taste is chocolatey, salty-sweet, smoky, and there’s even a deep caramel vanilla flavor from the bourbon. I’m telling you, this is not your average cookie. And hey, nothing says “Manly” like bacon and bourbon for Father’s Day.
See how easy it is to make this awesome one-bowl recipe.
- ½ cup (114g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup (170g) lightly packed brown sugar
- ½ cup (100g) white sugar
- 1 large whole egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- ¼ cup (62ml) bourbon
- 2&1/4 cups (275g) all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp (2.5ml) baking soda
- 2 cups (350g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 325F and line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar together.
- Add in the egg, egg yolk and bourbon. Whisk again until smooth.
- Add the flour and sprinkle the baking soda over the flour. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined.Fold in chocolate chips and bacon.
- Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop rounded cookie doughs onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.