As part of my recent attempts to bake something as a treat for Our Growing Edge link up party I came across these Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jamie of Love Bakes Good Cakes. I nearly posted them in the link up last month but decided that the Tiramisu Ice Cream I made was more of a treat. Whereas these were a bit of a novelty item. Plus it means I now have something to contribute to September. Organised for once or what.
Our Growing Edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort. This monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things and to compile a monthly snapshot of what food bloggers are getting up to. This month is hosted by Hannah from Love the Little Bakery, whose millionaire shortbread may well be my next attempt at baking.
Of course combining salt with sugar has been a bit trendy in recent years. Salted caramel is one of my most favourite things on the planet and I love chocolate with sea salt. Interestingly I can’t get onboard when the sugar is fruit and the salt is savoury. Ham and pineapple pizza being the classic example. Ham is salty, pineapple is sweet but my tastebuds are not there.
What did I think of the cookies? They are delicious, so packed with chocolate but to be honest I couldn’t really taste the bacon. The main impact the bacon had was to the texture in that every now and again you would get a bit of bacon in the cookie and you got an interesting texture which I didn’t dislike. The amount of chocolate chip really overwhelmed any bacon flavour. I also didn’t get much of a maple taste but that is because I couldn’t find maple extract at my supermarket so tried to use maple syrup in a larger quantity without any success. I replaced the maple extract with a tablespoon of maple syrup. There are instructions on the internet about turning maple syrup into maple extract but it sounded like a lot of work for a trial batch of cookies.
Would I make these again? I would without the bacon because while the texture was interesting I did feel the bacon was wasted. And given my love of bacon I hate to see any go to waste. I have to say these cookies disproved my previous belief that bacon makes everything taste better! The one ingredient I did find interesting was the addition of the vanilla instant pudding. I think it helped to keep everything nice and chewy and not dry. Vanilla instant pudding is one of my favourite desserts from childhood and I may have picked up an extra packet when shopping for this recipe.
Plus have I mentioned how much chocolate is packed in? These really are chocolate chip heaven – no stinginess with these lovely cookies.