Now that we're all here, let's enjoy some delicious bourbon bacon chocolate chunk cookies. When I told my husband about this recipe, he was VERY skeptical. Now he's a convert!
So, without further ado, here is the recipe which comes from Recipe Girl via a famous bourbon maker (I used a different brand--don't tell!)
3/4 pound center cut thick bacon
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup reserved bacon fat, chilled until solidified
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons bourbon of your choice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
Saute bacon until golden and crisp.
Center cut thick bacon
Fry bacon until crisp and golden, drain on paper towels and chop into small pieces.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
With a mixer, cream butter, reserved bacon fat and sugar. Add bourbon and vanilla and combine. Add eggs one at a time and combine. Beat in flour mixture and stir in bacon and chocolate chunks.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake in 375 degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes (mine took 11 minutes.) Cool on cookie sheet for five minutes then transfer to rack to cool completely.
Enjoy! Now let's begin our book discussion.
Tonight we'll be talking about Berried Secrets, the first book in my Cranberry Cove Series.
Here are a few ideas for things to discuss:
1. Monica's business has failed so she leaves Chicago to go to Cranberry Cove to help her half-brother Jeff with his cranberry farm. Would you be willing to do that for a sibling? Or do you think Monica should have stayed in Chicago and tried again with another business?
2. Monica's fiance was killed in a swimming accident. She is attracted to Greg Harper, owner of Book 'Em, a mystery bookstore in Cranberry Cove. Should she risk dating again? How long should someone wait after a tragedy or a break-up?
3. Cranberry Cove is a small town and gossip runs rampant (very useful when trying to solve a murder!). Do you gossip? Do you believe everything you hear? Or do you close your ears to wagging tongues?
I'd love to give away a copy of Berried Secrets to someone who leaves a comment! Tell me whether you'd prefer small town living or big city life!
And coming in May 2016 is Berry the Hatchet, book #2 in the Cranberry Cove series.
Thanks for joining my book club today! Hope to see you back again. Meanwhile, stop by my website to sign up for my newsletter--I'll keep you informed of new releases, contests and giveaways. And I love interacting with readers on my Facebook page.
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