Caramelized Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies with BellaBits

The year that I thought would never end is just about over……sigh  Mr. Murphy pulled out all the stops this year, and threw everything at us but the kitchen sink!  You know that saying what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, well it might be true but what they don’t tell is you need time afterwards to recuperate!

But with just another week to go and no more lunches to prepare, it’s over and summer is unofficially here!   To celebrate the fact that school is over and summer is almost here,  I have a very special guest today…..did you forget it’s Guest Post Friday?  Nooooo  you didn’t!

Today my friends it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to my new friend Bella from Bellabits, and guess what?  Bella just got done her school year too!  And if my memory serves me correct, the summer is even more important when your 12!

I first met Bella when she guest posted on Liv Life making her Strawberry Corn Cakes with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream!  Needless to say I was impressed, not only that Bella was 12, or that she  made such an incredible baked treat, but just how well thought out her post was.

Not only will you find Bella creating her culinary treats at Bellabits, but you can also find her on Facebook  as well as on Twitter!    12 years old with a cooking blog and immersed in social media…..sigh, I think I was still playing in dirt.

So sit back, relax, put your feet up, and forget about your cholesterol count, because when you young, none of that matters!  As I give you Bella and……..

 Bellabits

Hey everybody!  My name is Isabella, and I’m the author of the blog Bellabits.  I’m so excited to be guest posting on Chef  Dennis’ blog and to meet all of you!  Thank you Chef Dennis for the awesome opportunity.

I am twelve years old and love to cook wonderfully unique recipes.  I started my blog when I was 10 years old, and it has been quite a journey.  It all began when I realized the kinds of food kids eat nowadays.  I noticed that many kids my age would only eat what people think of as “kids food” like mac & cheese, chicken nuggets or hot dogs, which might be ok to eat occasionally, but are not healthy to eat all the time!  My mission is to try to inspire families to cook together and make a variety of foods from real, natural ingredients.  Sure, some of these foods will be sweets, but it’s all about balance and variety.   I want to see more families think outside of the mac & cheese box!

Well I’m here to share another positively scrumdidliumptious recipe with you guys. What do we have this time? Wait for it…BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES! Yup I said it and I’ll say it again, BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!!! We’re putting a new twist to the classic chocolate chip cookies you made when you were a little tyke by adding some brown sugar caramelized bacon. When you first bite into one of these warm fresh cookies, sweet, melted chocolate oozes into your mouth. Then your taste buds find a little piece of bacon and it’s officially turned into a mouthful of heaven- NO JOKE! The slight saltiness of the bacon cuts the sweetness so that it’s not overwhelming! You seriously need to try baking these cookies! Your batch will be gone within a couple of minutes!

Although we love adding bacon to our cookies, we don’t love the time spent and mess of cooking bacon, so we use microwaveable bacon, and sprinkle it with brown sugar before popping it into the microwave.  In 1 minute or so, you have a plate of yummy, caramelized bacon!

Cooking in our house is a family thing!  We think of it as quality time together, and love making something that we all can enjoy together at the family table.  My little brother Nick loves to help with these cookies, especially.  My Mom calls them “Dude Food”

Baked up, they look like any other chocolate chip cookie, to the untrained eye, but the salty-sweet-buttery cookie outshines the rest.  This would be a great cookie to make for Father’s Day!


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Caramelized Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 7 slices microwavable bacon (we used Kirkland Brand thick cut)
  • 2 ½ tbsp. brown sugar (for caramelizing bacon)
  • 2 ½ cups (300 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (180 gm) dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup (100 gm) white sugar
  • 1 cup (227 gm) salted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla bean paste (or you can use the same amount of vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups (12 oz or 335 gm) semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Arrange bacon on a microwavable plate, sprinkle evenly with 2 ½ Tbsp. Brown Sugar, and microwave according to directions on package. Cool bacon, dice, and set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well with wire whisk. Set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer bowl, blend sugars at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl when needed. Add eggs and vanilla bean paste and mix at medium speed until just blended. Make sure not to over-mix.
  5. Add the flour mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined. Add the bacon and chocolate chips, and mix at low speed just until they are evenly distributed.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons (or like me, use a cookie dough scoop) onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 2inches apart.
  7. Bake 22-24 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack. ENJOY!

Now that is one delicious looking cookie, I mean how can you go wrong with chocolate and bacon in the same cookie!  Now before you forget, head on over to Bellabits and say hi to Bella, just remember to tell her Chef Dennis sent you!  While your there take a look through some of her older posts you’re going to love what you see!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Comments

  1. these sound so very good, Bella! Dude Food, indeed…

  2. Nice to meet you, Bella! This cookie sounds like something my brother (a bacon lover) would inhale. So great that you are blogging and encouraging kids to get in the kitchen and make real food – I love that!

  3. I’m so impressed, Bella! I’m glad Chef Dennis introduced you to us! Love your attitude about teaching kids to eat real food, and your cookies look fantastic!

  4. Dennis- Yeah, you’re almost there. Keep on keeping on. You can handle one more week. I have faith life will turn around.

    Bella- How nice to meet you. You are so inspiring. I love that you are paving the way to a better way to eat. And bringing families back to the table is fantastic. These cookies look so good. I am all for bacon in anything. I don’t think I’ve read your blog so going to head over and check it out now.

  5. I was completely smitten by the recipe but to learn this is from a palate of a 12 year old? I’m overcome with excitement. Bella it’s so wonderful you are paying attention to food at your age and to be making something so flavorful and original? Fantastic. I’m calling my kids (my daughter just turned 13) up here to read this……

    Dennis? Bravo! A new fave guest post for me.

  6. Oh Bella you are just the cutest! I love this bacon-candy idea. I have a son who is bacon-crazy and the aroma of bacon in the morning is the only thing that wakes him up ! I must try this on him.
    Thanks for having Bella over as a guest today, Chef Dennis! It’s great to see youngsters start early in the kitchen!

  7. you, my dear, are a very talented young woman! thanks for sharing this amazing recipe, and great luck in your blogging!

  8. Lovely to meet you Bella! I agree with chef dennis…this was a very well- written blog post. I really enjoyed reading it…you are very talented and those cookies look fabulous!

  9. Hi Bella! You are a true inspiration to kids of all ages. I love the mission behind your blog. These cookies – seriously amazing! Can’t wait to try your recipe! Good luck on your blogging and foodie journey!

  10. so nice to meet you Bella – if you knew me, you’d know I’m smiling write now just typing your name…I am so fascinated by bacon in sweets, your cookies have me completely mesmerized. Dennis, every time I catch up on your posts I am whisked away into your world in the most marvelous way. I made your courgette gratin again…every time I make a dish of yours it gives me a chance to talk about you to my friends and family…and that’s a cool thing

  11. Excuse me while I pick up my jaw that just dropped on the floor. 12 years old, seriously!!! Bella you are amazing.You have a way with words and a recipe that extends far beyond your years. It’s a pleasure to meet you and thanks for the wonderful recipe. Thank you Dennis for the introduction.

  12. Wow..Nice to meet you Isabella! Great post and what a delicious recipe. Anything with bacon is no. 1 in my family’s playbook. This recipe is definitly going into my binder of recipes to make for my little ones and my big one!!
    Jackie

  13. What a fabulous cookie recipe, Bella! I can’t wait to feed these to my little dude!!

  14. OH my gosh what a fantastic guest post Chef. It is so nice to meet you Bella, I have got to get my granddaughter to check out your site and I am heading over there myself. You are truly impressive and your cookies look scrumptiously delicious. Thanks to you both and have a wonderful weekend.

  15. Ohmygosh, bacon chocolate chip cookies?? That’s just delicious insanity and I love it!! Great job, Bella!!

  16. Bella, you’re one talented young lady in the kitchen and at the computer! I also admire that you can juggle butter! :) Thanks for this salty sweet treat, and thank you, Chef Dennis for hosting a delightful young blogger.

  17. I can only imagine how crazy good these are! The photos certainly help. Look at how gooey they look!

  18. What a great recipe! What a fun journey Bella has ahead of her – I only started cooking after I was married!

  19. Chef Dennis, great choice to host a guest…

    Bella: When it comes to food, you are wise beyond your years. Great job and keep up the good work!

  20. Love the first photo and love the post. What a precocious tweener!

  21. Cookies with caramelized bacon! Definitely goes to my baking list!

  22. Such a genius idea! So creative, I would have never thought to put bacon into my chocolate chip cookies. I can’t wait to try this, Thanks for sharing!

  23. What a talented young lady! These cookies look delicious!

  24. Thank you everyone for your support and nice comments! I’m so glad that you like my guest post. I hope you can try this recipe out soon, and taste these for yourself! Be sure to stop by Bellabits often and see what I’m up to!

  25. Of course, thank you Chef Dennis for the invitation to guest post. It really has been fun, and quite an honor.

  26. Oh wow! Orgasmically delicious. Bella, I can’t believe you’re only 12! I can’t even imagine what you can accomplish before you are 18. Keep on cooking!! And thanks to chef for introducing us to you.

  27. Truly unique. My husband says that he has never met a cookie he didn’t like and I know that he would love these!

  28. These look amazing, you’ve made my day! I’ve seen bacon cupcakes but not cookies before, so putting these on my list.

  29. Tried this recipe, and I don’t think I’ll ever eat chocolate chip cookies again without bacon. GENIUS!
    Thanks so much. My kids loved them too!

  30. my husband and son wanted to leave bacon for santa, but my daughter and i are traditionalists and wanted cookies. the solution? this recipe. they’re in the oven now!!!
    thank you!!!

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