Though its deliciousness has never been in question, bacon has ridden the popularity roller coaster and shrieked through the loop-de-loop of trendy foodstuffs more than once over the past 15+ years. For a while, bacon was found everywhere you’d least expect it: in chocolate bars, ice cream, bacon-infused vodka. Bacon-wrapped turkey, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, deep-fried bacon. Bacon hats, bacon underpants, bacon tattoos. Everywhere all the time. Bacon Festivals sprang up in many places (with EMTs on standby no doubt – good event management protocol in any case, but maybe especially so here?)
And now I wonder if bacon’s fortunes are turning once again. Atop the best-sellers list at Chicago’s trendy doughnut joints (Do-Rite Donuts, Glazed and Infused, Doughnut Vault) is maple-bacon. Whether it’s eaten ironically, in earnest, or in defiance of the findings of Zagat’s 2015 National Dining Trends Survey which claims that bacon is finally “over” (so is kale, according to the same survey), I think we all know that bacon is here to stay, and I say “Pull up a chair, old friend!”
So when I ran across a recipe for Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies in Sweet, a cookbook by Food Network Magazine, I knew it was finally time to try my hand at homemade bacon-in-sweets alchemy. Click to embiggen the pictures and read the captions.
A pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of chili powder (chipotle or ancho preferred) added to the flour mixture gave the cookies a depth of flavor that elevated the whole endeavor to a new plateau. The end result did not taste like either of those two ingredients and they certainly weren’t spicy, but there was a little sump’n sump’n that made these the best PB cookies I’ve had in a long time.
So my advice to you is skip the bacon, skip the chocolate, take your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and add just a little spice. If you don’t already have a go-to recipe, here are three excellent options from Sally’s Baking Addiction, Martha Stewart , and Simply Recipes.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I believe it’s time to savor a bacon-flavored after-dinner mint and say so long for now.