We go together like peanut butter… and bacon.

I just love days like this.

John and I just came down the hill after a hike with Cholula. The weather is perfection today- sunny, warm but not hot, and just chilly enough as the sun set to remind us it’s September.

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For some inexplicable reason, I didn’t feel well today. I had things I wanted to accomplish, but spent a lot of the day laying down. I did manage to spend a little time in the kitchen (more on that in a minute), and am so glad I got outside into the fresh autumn air. We saw evidence that the elk herd is nearby, passing through an area where they rest. There were hoof prints everywhere.

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We spotted a den that is likely home to a few of the many red-tailed foxes who frequent our backyard. I’ve only seen one once, but John’s seen a whole pack of them on our back hill!

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It was pretty cool to head down the hill toward our rusted metal roof and end our trek on lovely rock stairs into a newly-landscaped backyard.

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And now, John’s in the kitchen, making us what will surely be a delectable meal. Like I often say, we make a pretty good team. He’s on dinner duty- and I already made dessert.

I received the Joy the Baker cookbook in the mail the other day. I think I squealed. I know I squealed.

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I’ve talked about Joy the Baker before. Her blog is fantastic. I’ve made quite a few recipes from it, too. Remember the BLT Corn Wraps that I brought to the outdoor movie?

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Oh, and then there were the Toasted Marshmallow Squares. Otherwise known as toasted CRACK.

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Oh, and one of my favorite meals in recent memory, cooked by candlelight in a power outage- the French Onion Soup Sandwiches.

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Joy’s cookbook is filled with interesting and scrumptious-looking goodies to make. As I perused the recipes, I paused on one with this line in the description:

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I know what you’re thinking: DUH. What made me pause when I read that men love bacon? Everyone knows that. Well, I lingered on that page because it was a recipe for COOKIES.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies. 

The ‘bacon in dessert’ craze isn’t new. And I’m totally on board. I’ve had bacon chocolate- delish. I’m totally intrigued by the maple bars with bacon crumbled on them. I always put more syrup on my bacon than on my pancakes. How could I NOT make these?

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The ingredients weren’t what I was expecting for cookies. What you see above is literally all that went into them. I mixed peanut butter, sugar, and molasses together first. I just love molasses. It tastes like you’d think it would taste: thick and sweet and dark.

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After that, I added an egg, some baking soda, and some nutmeg. I also love nutmeg and the warmth it brings to any recipe. (Hello, fall.)

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That’s really it! The dough was a tad dense, not fluffy. I folded in some chopped roasted peanuts and the bacon crumbles. This was crazy! This was GOOD.

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I formed the dough into little balls. It was kind of crumbly, as the recipe warned it might be. The little dough balls rolled around in a pile of sugar and then got criss-crossed, old school style, before baking.

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As the cookies baked, John came wandering into the kitchen, led by his nose. Do you remember Pepe le Pew? He was a cartoon skunk, and he’d catch the scent of a lady friend’s perfume and basically float to the source of the aroma. That’s how John was. Adorable. As I pulled the batch out of the oven, he hovered until he asked if we should split a cookie. So we did.

I didn’t know what to expect. The flavors were rich and sweet, with salty crunches of peanut and bacon. The cookie was indeed kind of crumbly, but the molasses added a chewy texture and deep flavor that isn’t usually found in a traditional peanut butter cookie. It was an awesome mouthful. John called them “naughty” and “dangerous” in between happy “mmmmmm” noises.

I’m pretty glad I made it out for a little hike. If I’m going to make this kind of goodness from Joy the Baker’s cookbook, I’m going to have to hike every dayImageImage

These cookies have a lot going on. Salty. Sweet. A little nutty. Enticing. Addictive. Unexpected. Satisfying. Smile-inducing.

I’d describe “us” in pretty much the same way. 

9 replies »

  1. I haven’t been able to wrap my head around this one….bacon in COOKIES??!! The rest of the ingredients sound like a cookie that would be right up my alley, and I love (LOVE!) bacon (born & raised on a pig farm, it was practically in my baby formula!) – but the two together seems absurd!!! So absurd that I just might have to try it….. :)
    Oh, and I really liked your ending – related you & your man to peanut butter bacon cookies is priceless!

    • I know! It seems odd. The bacon is less of a major flavor than I thought, and just adds a saltiness to the cookie that really works. The molasses has that deep sweetness too, so the salt helps! You might have to try it…

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