- 12 oz. bacon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1½ tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2¼ cups flour
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Lay bacon slices on the baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes. Once it starts to brown, remove from oven, drain excess fat, and flip. When it starts to crisp, pour maple syrup over the bacon and bake for another 5-8 minutes until nice and crisp, but not burnt! Remove the bacon; allow to drain and cool on paper towels. Once cool, cut into small chunks. (Leave the oven on 350 degrees.)
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add vanilla. Dilute the baking soda in 1 tsp. of water. Add to the wet mixture.
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, ½ cup at a time, blending after each addition.
- Fold in chocolate chunks and bacon.
- Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the cooking time.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling racks.
Equipment needed: measuring cups and spoons, rimmed baking sheet, foil, tongs, paper towels, knife, mixing bowls – 2, electric mixer, whisk, rubber spatula or wooden spoon, baking sheets.