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.
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.