I’m always on the lookout for a great chocolate-chip cookie recipe, and this one is adapted from a famous New York Times recipe, which produces chewy cookies. However the difference with these little babies is the addition of candied bacon and beer! Beer & bacon all wrapped up into a cookie…What’s not to love! The dough benefits from resting overnight in the fridge and also freezes extremely well.
For the candied bacon
250g smocked, streaky bacon
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
For the cookie dough
275g soft light brown sugar
225g granulated sugar
2 large free-range eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoon of dark stout
475g plain flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
300g good-quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped into chunks
Preheat your oven to 200°C. To make the candied bacon,line a baking tray with parchment paper and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Lay the smokey bacon on top and cover with the remaining brown sugar. Place in the oven for 20 mins. Once completely cooled, slice into 2cm pieces and set aside.
In a standalone mixer with a paddle beater (or in a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer), beat the sugars and butter until light and pale. Break in the eggs one at a time, mixing between additions and pausing to scrape down the sides with a spatula. Mix in the vanilla extract and stout. Remove the bowl from the mixer and sift in the flour and baking powder. Mix with a wooden spoon until well incorporated, then mix through the chocolate chunks and bacon pieces. Bring the dough together and split into two. Place each half on a sheet of cling film, roll up and form into a thick sausage shape, sealing the ends.
Depending on how many cookies you need (the sausages make six cookies each), you can place one of the cookie-dough sausages in the freezer for another time and one in the fridge to rest overnight. The frozen dough will last up to 6 months in the freezer. Simply pop it in the fridge, or give it an extremely cautious 30-second blast in the microwave before you plan to use it. The following day, take the dough out of the fridge, unwrap and slice into six pieces. Place the slices onto a lined baking sheet and sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4. Pop in the oven to bake for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown on the edges and ever so slightly pale in the centre. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.Continue reading >>