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Oh Happy Day!!

In my quest to learn more about baking, blogging, food photography, etc., I’ve come across some really great blogs that have been around for awhile, but are definitely new to me.  One of these great blogs is Joy the Baker.  If you are at all interested in stuff that tastes really good, I highly recommend checking out her site.

So, I was browsing through Joy’s blog the other day and came across something that simultaneously made my mouth water and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.  Was she kidding?  Was she insane?  No, as it turns out.  Could this be the answer to life’s true happiness?  Yes, my friends.  YES.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies.

What?!?!

Yes, Peanut Butter and BACON cookies!!!

Holy pig parts, Batman!

I endeavored to make them as soon as I could get my hands on a full jar of peanut butter, which was this afternoon.  I’ve just devoured three fresh cookies and, let me tell you, fan-freaking-tastic!  Do yourself a favor and make these immediately.

Start by frying up about 6 pieces of bacon.  Cool them on paper towels and then dice them up.  Man, I love bacon.  Is there anything better?

Mmmm...

Next, measure out a cup of peanut butter and dump it into a mixing bowl.  You can use creamy or crunchy, whatever floats your boat.  I used creamy for this go round.

Ready for licking

Mix the peanut butter with 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar for a minute or two or until completely mixed. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 egg and continue mixing for about another 2 minutes. Until I get my fancy-pants KitchenAid stand mixer (*coughcough*), this dinky little hand mixer will have to do.

Now fold the bacon back into the batter and we’re ready to roll! What’s that you say? Where’s the flour? There IS no flour in this recipe! Which makes them gluten free! BONUS!

Roll the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball and place on a buttered cookie sheet. I used my handy dandy mini ice cream scoop that I got for about $5 at a restaurant supply store. It’s perfect for rolling up meatballs, cookies, and dainty little scoops of ice cream! Use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on the top of each cookie, pressing down slightly as you do so.

Getting ready for the oven!

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the tops are slightly brown. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes then remove to a platter. If one of them “accidentally” manages to get into your mouth somehow during the transfer….well, I won’t tell.

Peanutty Bacony Goodness

Because of the lack of flour, these cookies are pretty crumbly. But oh. my. goodness. When you hit those salty bits of bacon in the midst of the sweet, nutty cookie you may think you’ve died and gone to bacon heaven. The hard part is not eating the entire plateful in one sitting.

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