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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Valentine’s Day is coming, and I have a post for you later this week that rounds up all my favourite chocolate recipes.

But this. This is the ultimate Valentine’s Day treat to make for your (non-vegetarian) sweetie.

bacon chocolate chip cookies

First of all, bacon belongs in the same magical category as unicorns and sriracha (in fact, there’s a fun blog called Bacon Sriracha Unicorn Diaries. Read it). I have often said I could happily give up meat and be a true vegetarian…. if it weren’t for bacon.

This past year for me, has been a love affair with all things that combine sweet and savoury. When I was in Edmonton a couple months back, I discovered a restaurant that sold chocolate covered bacon. I totes ordered that. And it was gooood.

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So. While bacon and chocolate might seem like strange bedfellows, I’m guessing a few people have said the same about you and your sweetie. So why not bake up a batch of these opposites-attract-in-the-most-delicious-way cookies?

I got this recipe from Angie Quaale, BBQ master and owner of Well Seasoned in Langley. I attended a pork cooking class at Well Seasoned before Christmas, and Angie graciously shared her recipe with us.

These cookies, by the way, made the list of Vancouver Magazine’s 101 things to eat before you die, and if you don’t want to make them yourself, you can order them already constructed from Well Seasoned. Bake them up in the oven, and your sweetie will never know you didn’t do the heavy lifting.

The key to making the recipe is to make sure your bacon is crispy. You want the bacon to add both a salty and a textural element to the otherwise soft cookies. You could also candy your bacon, you know, just to take it up a notch.

My gal Emily (@the_fat_pigs) and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies: a match made in heaven.

My gal Emily (@the_fat_pigs) and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies: a match made in heaven.

Angie Quaale’s World Famous Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz chocolate chips

6 slices thick cut Johnston’s bacon – cooked crisp and roughly chopped OR candied (see below. If you are going to candy your bacon, you’ll also need 2/3 cup maple syrup)

Method:

To candy the bacon: Heat the oven to 400 degrees, and bake the bacon for about 15 minutes, until brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and drain well on paper towels. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees, and place back on the pan. Pour over the maple syrup, and turn the bacon to coat well. Bake for 15 minutes, turn, and then bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on parchment paper. Bacon will crisp up as it cools.

For the cookies: 

  1. Cream together butter and sugars until smooth.
  2. Add egg and vanilla and blend in. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Finally, stir in chocolate chunks and bacon.
  3. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.

Angie Quaale will be doing a cooking demo at The Wellness Show on Friday, February 13, at 6 pm. She’ll be making Blackened BC Pork Tenderloin Medallions, Artichoke, Mushroom & Garlic Sauce for Pasta. She’ll also be giving away a couple of seats to one of her cooking classes to those who attend. I’ll be there–hope to see you! 

Christmas Gifts for Foodies (plus a giveaway)

Welcome to my second post on Christmas gifts for Foodies (first post on gadgets is here). Although, if you are a foodie, you might want to add some of today’s suggestions to your Christmas wish list, as well! By the way–these would all also make awesome Hostess gifts.

At the end of this post, I’ll be giving away a couple of bottles of wine courtesy of The Girls–a very special kind of wine. Read to the end to find out why and to learn how to enter!

Before I start, I just want to say that a big trend I’m noticing this year is giving experiential gifts instead of “stuff.” I really want to encourage you to think about this–give your fave foodie the gift of a cooking class, for example, or a rare and interesting ingredient they can experiment with in their kitchen. Give them a gift card to their favourite (or a new place they’ve been wanting to try) restaurant. Give them a wine tasting or a food tour. Sign them up for a monthly subscription, like cheese-of-the-month, or a snack service, or The Missing Ingredient. 

Now! On to my list of Christmas gifts for foodies. Many of these, you will note, are personal, and experiential.

Mozzarella Cheese Making Kit. What foodie isn’t interested in mucking about in the kitchen? Why not give them a kit so they can make their own cheese? About $30, available online or at Got Craft? this weekend.

Personalized Cookbooks, Aprons or Mugs: wanna display your gorgeous #foodporn photos to your friends? Or share some of your favourite recipes in a professional-looking cookbook for friends? London Drugs Photolabs offer lots of customizable options to gift.

Vancouver Brewery Tour: Got a beer-lover in your life? Buy them the ultimate local craft beer experience. They’ll get picked up and whisked around the city to a variety of local craft breweries, where they can take tours, meet fellow hop-heads, and, of course, drink beer.

Long Table Bourbon Barreled Gin: speaking of locally-brewed booze, following on the heels of the craft beer craze is a craft spirit craze happening right now in our fair city. One of my absolute faves? The Bourbon-Barreled Gin from Long Table Distillery.

Amola Sea Salts: These are my favourite thing right now. Available though Edible Canada, these are wonderful for adding a last-minute hit of flavour. I love the truffle, but I’ve tried quite a few, and they all rock.

Mink Mermaid’s Choice Chocolate Bar. Oh, you know. No big deal. Just the best chocolate bar in the world. If salted caramel is not your thing, try something else–everything here is amazeballs.

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Bacon socks: Yeah, baby!! (I already bought a pair of these for a certain person’s stocking. Shhh!!) From Well Seasoned.

IMG_5664 Sourgum: this is something we don’t cook or bake with much in this part of the world. This maple syrupy/molassesy hybrid hails from down south. Pick some up to experiment with. From Well Seasoned.

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Pink Spatula Peppermint Macamallows: this awesome mashup of a macaron and a marshmallow is delicious, and helps support a good cause. From Well Seasoned.

And speaking of supporting a good cause…

the girls wine

Wine: simply put, everyone loves getting a bottle of wine. When I give wine as a gift, I like to go as local as possible, usually something from the Okanagan. My go-to gifting wine this season has been The Girls. I love this wine. It’s affordable (under $20), it’s delicious, it’s from the Okanagan, and 100% of all the profits of the wine go to Breast Cancer Research. It’s like a gift that gives twice.Plus–c’mon. How adorable is that label? I am giving away two bottles of The Girls 2012 Voluptuous Red. Grown in Oliver,The Girls 2012 Voluptuous Red is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, barrel aged for 18 months in French oak.

To Win TWO bottles of The Girls 2012 Voluptuous Red, comment below, and let me know what you would do with your two bottles. Maybe you’ll keep one for yourself, and give one away? Or maybe you’ll use them at a party? Or cook a recipe with them? I want to know!

You can get a second entry to the contest by tweeting:

Contest runs until midnight, December 14, after which I will draw a random winner from all entries. Good luck, and Happy Gifting!!

 

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