Salty, crispy bacon is the perfect complement to a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie. It might sound strange, but it tastes amazing – a sweet & salty lovers’ dream!
Oh yes, you read that title right. I put BACON. In cookies. And I loved it.
It might sound kind of strange to put everyone’s favorite breakfast food in a cookie, but it really works – especially when the cookie is a peanut butter cookie! The sweet cookie with the slightly salty peanut butter and the super salty bacon is a sweet & salty lovers’ dream combo!
I am definitely a little late to the bacon-in-sweet-foods trend. A few years ago, I saw bacon in chocolates or desserts all over the place. Now, not so much. The trend may be slowly dying, but really, could bacon ever become unpopular? I really don’t think so!
Ok but let’s talk about the real reason that I made these cookies. Those pig sprinkles. Have you ever seen anything so cute??
TheBetterHalf and I got lunch in the Gotham West Market a few weeks ago (home to Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, one of our new favorite Ramen spots in NYC). We (ie me) were browsing the cute little store in the back called The Brooklyn Kitchen, when I saw the pig sprinkles!!! I nearly squealed with delight. I had to have them. And I had to make something with bacon immediately to use these adorable little guys.
And for any of you that need to have these sprinkles, you can buy them on Amazon! Although this is one of the first times when the price at the cute little local shop was actually cheaper than on Amazon! Way to go, Brooklyn Kitchen!
The peanut butter cookie itself is super soft and chewy, and full of peanut butter flavor. If you aren’t convinced about the bacon in these cookies, then just leave it out – this is a great PB cookie recipe to keep in your files!! You could add chopped peanuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips – they would all taste delicious.
Salty, crispy bacon is the perfect complement to a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie. It might sound strange, but it tastes amazing - a sweet & salty lovers' dream!
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup crunchy PB (I use JIF)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 slices bacon, cooked, cooled, crumbled
- Pig sprinkles for garnish, if desired
- Peanut butter chips for garnish, if desired
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and creamy. Add the sugars and continue to beat until smooth and fluffy. Add peanut butter and mix until thoroughly combined. Beat in egg and then mix in the vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Stir in the bacon.
- Chill the dough for at least 2 hours and up to 48 hours.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and let dough sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes to soften slightly.
- Roll dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie, and place about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the dough balls so that they are thick discs. If using pig sprinkles, place them on the top and sides of the cookie.
- Bake for about 10 minutes - they will look undercooked in the centers. Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes. If using peanut butter chips, immediately place them on top of the hot cookies.
- Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cookies adapted from Cook's Illustrated
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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
You are KILLING me with those pig sprinkles! That is so cute. What a perfect way to use them.
I love, love, love salty and sweet. There is a breakfast diner in town that puts bacon in the waffle and pancake batter. it is SO good! So these cookies are my kind of cookie : )
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
I love those pig sprinkles…and completely appropriate for bacon cookies! I bought some cow sprinkles last year and I haven’t used them yet. You’ve inspired me to drag them out and finally get creative with them. 🙂
My husband will go crazy over these cookies. I mean, bacon, come on. Yum yum yum!
These are adorable! What a great idea!
Nora (A Clean Bake) says
Love the pig sprinkles! All in all these cookies look perfect: familiar flavors mixed with surprising flavors; not too out there but not to run of the mill either….just right!
These are Beautiful! I am so anxious to try and make them. BRAVO! Beautiful Job
Helen @ Scrummy Lane says
Squeal! (just like a little piggy!) I spotted these on Facebook, and thought how pretty they were, but I didn’t spot the little piggy sprinkles! Amazing!
So what’s the verdict on the bacon? Will you put it in next time? 😉
These cookies sound amazing!
miss messy says
Pig sprinkles. Just toooooo cute! 😀
Thank you!!! Love them!
I can definitely see peanut butter and bacon working well together! I actually once saw a bacon peanut butter cheeseburger in a restaurant when visiting a friend, and he swore that it was his absolute favorite burger. To echo what others have said, those sprinkles are amazing!
A bacon pb cheeseburger?! I would definitely try that!!
Allie | Baking a Moment says
You don’t have to convince me about bacon in desserts! I love it, especially with peanut butter! These cookies look so perfect and I’m in love with the piggy sprinkles! Pinning 😉
Thanks, Allie!! The piggy sprinkles make me smile every time!
Mary Frances says
Those sprinkles are too cute! I haven’t tried the pb and bacon combo, but since sweet and salty is good in my book, I have a feeling I would love these! But really, how could I resist pb chips and piggy sprinkles? I can’t 🙂
Love love these cookies. Mr J is sitting next to me and just said I need to make it asap!!
These cookies are adorable – love the piggy sprinkles! Pinning!
Megan @ My Bacon-Wrapped Life says
I posted bacon cookies this week too!! I can’t wait to try a peanut butter version, I’m totally hooked!
Going to check out your cookies right now!! Peanut Butter ones should definitely be next on the list 🙂
Chloe @ foodlikecake says
Those pig sprinkles are adorable!
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
Oh my gosh you put bacon in cookies! YES! And those pig sprinkles are AMAZING!!!!
Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says
I am dying over those pig sprinkles! Seriously these are the cutest – bacon and pig sprinkles! You are amazing! Pinning 🙂
sarah k @ the pajama chef says
these sound absolutely amazing!
Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen says
Interesting combination of flavors and lovely pictures! I think my husband would love these cookies… never made him a dessert with bacon so I might surprise him one of these days. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks, Roxy! If you end up making them for your husband, let me know what he thinks! The flavor combo is great!