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Wednesday 12 January 2011

Baking for Beginners: Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

I am currently slightly obsessed with Man V Food. My current ambition in life is, in fact, to retrace Adam's journey across the weird and wonderful eateries of America.

In a recent episode the eponymous 'Man' visited Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland which sold the most amazing array of doughnuts including their signature Voodoo Doll doughnut which allows you to have a tasty snack whilst inflicting misery and curses on your enemies at the same time. However it was their Bacon Maple Bar, a doughnut featuring maple frosting and a slice of bacon atop, that triggered a memory of a recipe I had seen on Shutterbean last year that I had been meaning to try. The peanut butter bacon cookie.

I am a big fan of both the peanut butter cookie and bacon independently so I was understandably intrigued to discover how this combination would work together. I am pleased to report that the resulting cookie was a perfect blend of sweet and salty nutty harmony.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies (Makes approx 24 cookies)
(adapted from Shutterbean)

You will need:
  • 285g Peanut Butter (I used crunchy but use smooth if you prefer)
  • 85g Caster Sugar
  • 85g Demerara Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 6 slices bacon
Make It!

1. Fry your bacon until it is nice and crispy. Leave to cool on some kitchen roll and then dice.

2. Preheat your oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4. Line your baking tray with some parchment paper.

3. Place the peanut butter and sugars in a bowl and beat together for a couple of minutes until well combined. You can do this in a mixer or by hand.

4. Add the egg and bicarbonate of soda and beat well for another couple of minutes.

5. Fold in the diced bacon.

6. Roll the mixture into walnut sized balls, place on the baking tray and flatten with a fork to make a criss cross on top. You can also roll the balls in caster sugar prior to flattening if you like. The cookies do spread when cooking so give them plenty of space.

7. Bake for ten minutes then remove from oven and allow to cool.

You are now in the enviable position to enjoy the unique taste sensation that is a peanut butter bacon cookie. Let me know what you think!


  1. Ohhh I made these on the weekend, LOVED them. Next time though, I'd add more bacon (because bacon rules). I'd say rolling them in sugar before baking makes them taste better too (I made a batch of each). So pleased you guys are on board with this amazing combination - this is why I love you!

  2. Oh wow. Where have these cookies been all my life? I can't wait to make these! Thank you for giving me something to dream about in a horribly dull meeting. Nic xx

  3. Michelle, you are a bloody genius. Bacon cookies! AMAZING.

  4. Cannot wait to try these out!! I have everything but the peanut butter so its off to the supermarket tonight

  5. I am so pleased everyone is so excited about them! I would agree with Kaye, I would probably add a bit more bacon (maybe 8 slices worth) and even considered using pre diced pancetta instead but I needed that for something else! I also prefer them rolled in sugar too.

  6. Last week I made chocolate peanut butter cookies, and added crispy bacon bits to them...fantastic. Thanks for the ideas¬ :)


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