Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

So, maybe mine didn’t turn out as pretty as Joy’s… but they still tasted pretty good!  I brought these to our friends’ housewarming party last month.  People were pleasantly surprised to bite into these cookies and taste bacon.Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies | A Nerd Cooks

This recipe comes from Joy Wilson’s (a.k.a. Joy the Baker) cookbook, and makes about 2 dozen cookies.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp molasses (dark corn syrup works as a substitute)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • generous pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, roasted and coarsely chopped
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and the molasses until combined.  Add the egg, baking soda, and nutmeg and mix on medium for about 2 more minutes.

Using a wooden spoon, fold in bacon and peanuts.  Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and roll in remaining 1/2 cup of sugar.  Place on the cookie sheet.  Using a fork, make the distinctive peanut butter cookie criss-cross pattern.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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