I have been in a very domestic mood lately - cooking, decorating, not letting six loads of laundry accumulate before I notice them etc. This is partially driven by Pinterest and all the people who seemingly live perfect home-baked, hand-crafted, designer DIY decorated lives. *not feasible for the FroBuzz household*. However, I do find a lot of joy in recipe searching on Pinterest and have been pretty successful in terms of trying new things. Among the success stories are crockpot chicken teriyaki, two-tone ziti pasta, cheddar bay biscuits (Red Lobster quality - seriously spot on moist, garlicky and cheesy) and then there are these:
I realize this is not the best quality picture - I'm not a foodie photographer
Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies. Y'all, these are so good your tongue will come out of your face and smack you in the head. They're the perfect combination of sweet and salty and are chewy heaven.
So back to that title - manipulating a man is as easy as bacon and chocolate mixed together. Then transform two American favorites into a portable form and you have the perfect cookie. If you're looking to have someone paint your house, take out the trash, rub your back or feed your horses - whip up a batch of these. Actually, whip up a double because you can't stop at just one.
I had some extras from a Super Bowl party and decided that carnivore-turned vegan for two weeks- turned back carnivore David could use a few bacon infused goodies so I lugged a baggie of deliciousness to Tampa for Cattle Industry Convention last week and he didn't complain. At the request of several people (Mom and others) here is the recipe (which is on my Pinterest recipe board if you're interested in following):
Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
5 strips maple smoked bacon (8 strips if you want extra to sprinkle on the cookie)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon maple extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked through. Drain on a paper-towel lined plate and chop finely.
In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars; about three minutes. Add egg and maple extract and beat until just blended. Add the dry ingredients; beat until just incorporated and the flour is dissolved. Stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts and bacon.
Drop one large Tablespoon of cookie dough 2-3 inches apart. Make sure you only do about 6 cookies on a sheet. If they spread and touch each other, you will have a mess. Bake 10-12 minutes in a 350 degree oven only until the edges are brown and slightly soft in the center. Let them finish cooking out of the oven, on the pan. The edges will get too dark if you leave them in the oven. Transfer to a wire rack and let completely cool.
Hope you enjoy them. I think Dr. Capper and David did judging from this photo evidence...
Already counting down to Nashville in 2014!
Until next time,
~ Buzzard ~
p.s. for the record, because I could see people making assumptions, I did not manipulate any of the folks in the photos above. I am saving that for the Ninja. but I have to remove the chocolate chips from the cookies