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Author Notes: I created these because I wanted a cookie that had some spunk and appealed to a fun crowd. Wow!,,,,,, they were a hit the first time I made them. My husbands hunting buddies could not stop eating them. I make enough batter and freeze in balls. Bake beautifully even after freezing. They are divine. —Portia hendrick
- 2 1/4 cups Flour
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 cup Unsalted butter at room temp
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 2/3 cup Dark brown sugar
- 1 Whole egg
- 1 Egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons Real good honey or pure maple syrup
- 12 ounces Semi sweet chocolate chopped in chunks. Not too big of chunks
- 2 teaspoons Real good vanilla extract
- 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon..I just add as much as I want
- 4 Slices thick smoked or applewood bacon
- turn oven on 350 degrees. Put parchment paper on two cookie sheets.let oven preheat. Cook bacon until crisp on stove. Drain on paper towels. When cool, crumble. I like pea size pieces. You want the crunch of the bacon in the cookie.
- Use a sifter and mix flour, soda and salt. In a mixer beat softened butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium high speed about 3 minutes. Batter should be light in texture. Beat in whole egg and egg yolk. Add maple syrup or honey. Then add vanilla. K.
- Turn mixture to low and add the flour mixture. Add gradually. Beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Then stir in crumbled bacon.
- Chill the dough anywhere from 2-5 hours. Make sure to cover dough with Saran wrap.
- Take chilled dough out. I use a spoon and drop tablespoon size cookies on parchment paper. Place about an inch apart.
- Place cookies in oven at same time. Put one on center rack and other pan on upper thrd rack of oven. You will cook a total of 8 - 10 minutes. Yet halfway thru (at 4 minutes) , switch cookie pans between racks and rotate about 180 degrees. This insures perfect browning. Depending upon your oven, additional cooking time might be needed. I cook mine until edges are brown and crispy.
- When cookies are down, take out of oven and let cool 3 minutes on pans. Then gently remove and let totally cool on a wire cooling rack
- These cookies are heavenly. Dough freezes beautifully. I now make these per requests of my friends and family.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chocolate & Spice
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