Carissa's Candied Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies


by Charlotte Today Staff

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM


Carissa St. Aubin, a self-proclaimed "bacon enthusiast," resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband Jason.  Her professional career started in the event planning industry until she landed a spot on Bravo's reality television series "Chef Academy" where she studied under the multi Michelin-starred Chef Jean Christophe Novelli.  After returning to Charlotte Carissa joined the team at Crave Dessert Bar where she currently works as their Marketing & Social Events Manager. 
Carissa's Candied Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Candied Bacon
1 Package Maple Bacon
Brown sugar for sprinkling

Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
12 oz Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Parchment paper

To make the candied bacon:
Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Lay the bacon on a parchment-covered baking sheet, without overlapping. Liberally sprinkle about 2 tsp brown sugar evenly on each strip of bacon.
Bake for 12 minutes, remove from oven, use tongs to flip the bacon and drag it through the syrup that has collected in the baking sheet.
Put the bacon back in the oven for another 12-15 minutes, until fully cooked with a nice dark mahogany coloring.  Use tongs to move the bacon from the sheet and cool on a wire rack. After cooling, chop the bacon up into pieces.

To make the cookies:
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.  Beat butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.  Add your eggs, one at a time, beating well to mix. Gradually add the flour mixture. Once fully mixed, stir in morsels and bacon bits.

Spoon the dough (about a tbsp per cookie) onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 F for 9-11 minutes. After baking, move the cookies to cooling racks, or eat immediately with a tall glass of cold milk.