Well I know we just got finished making a million different types of cookies over the holidays, but what the heck. It’s been over a month since I last made a cookie. I know that I said I needed a break, but I really, really needed a cookie. So here we are, making cookies again. I’m not ashamed. I am currently recovering from what I think was the flu, and I just really needed a cookie. Ok, I am now done defending myself. Sweet and salty go together like Thelma and Louise. Let’s be honest, these days a lot of us crave salty just as much as we crave sweet. I know that I do. I’m always heading into the pantry for something salty after I’ve had something sweet. I know that a lot of you can relate. I decided to go all out today and make a peanut butter cookie loaded with chocolate chips and bacon. I mean I’ve lost over 5 pounds since I’ve been sick and it’s time to add that weight back on! I know, it’s a lousy excuse, but it’s an excuse I’m willing to use.
I know I’m going out on a limb here by making these cookies, but when you are craving something special, you’re craving something special. The only way to get rid of that craving is to eat what you’re craving! At least I think that’s the way it should be done. Like I said before, these cookies combine everything that’s comforting in life. Peanut butter, chocolate and bacon come together to satisfy those odd cravings. If you’ve never had a cookie with bacon in it, you are seriously missing out. I find that it is becoming more and more popular these days. Ice cream parlors are making ice cream with bacon in it. Bakeries are making cookies, cupcakes and scones with bacon in them. It’s becoming a reinvented trend.
Bacon is just one of those things that let’s be honest isn’t the greatest thing in the world for you. It’s fatty and greasy and should certainly be eaten in moderation. As much as Zach and I cook with it, we do eat it in moderation. We aren’t cooking a package and eating the whole thing. We are cooking just a strip or two and adding a touch of it to some of our favorite dishes. The key is moderation. I’m going to forewarn you, you’re not getting anything healthy from this cookie. This is purely a result of my recent craving =). Sometimes you just need to indulge.
I really wanted to make these cookies crispy. If you are trying to understand why I flattened them a bit, this is why. You won’t hurt my feelings if you skip this step.
So, I am going to pair this cookie with a beer. No, I did not drink the beer with the cookie, but Zach did. I thought that drinking alcohol might be taking it too far while I’m still recovering. I couldn’t not pair this with a beer though (yes, that was a completely necessary double negative). What goes best with your favorite cookie? Yup, that’s right: milk. What goes even better with your favorite cookie? Yup, that’s right: chocolate milk. Maybe you can begin to understand why I paired this cookie with Odell’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. Don’t worry. I am perfectly aware that I have paired this with one of our dishes before. I couldn’t think of anything better to pair it with; except for maybe Rogue’s VOODOO Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale, but I understand that this beer scares many of you. If you can’t get one of these two beers try any milk stout. Milk stouts are a dime a dozen these days. You should have no problems getting your hands on them.
Indulge and make these cookies. You will not be disappointed. They are fantastic.
Hardware: * Cutting Board * Sharp Knife * 2 Baking Sheets * Foil * Parchment Paper * Paper Towel-Lined Plate * Tongs * Stand Mixer (with paddle attachment fixed) or Hand Mixer * Rubber Spatula * Wax Paper * Wire Rack *