Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bacon Cookies

When my friend asked me to bring some finger foods to her housewarming, I wanted to bring something completely different. If anything, that's all I accomplished with these bacon cookies. I was so disappointed with this recipe! They honestly looked, tasted, and felt like dog treats for humans. So much that I called them human treats all night long. I'd like to hone my skills to the point that I'll know exactly what a recipe will turn out like, in terms of taste and texture. Well I started this blog to learn and grow as a baker, so every recipe, triumph or failure, will get me one step closer to that point.

I do have to mention that my old college roommate Mel was also at the housewarming and brought these wonderfully different roasted garlic cupcakes inspired by an Iron Chef episode featuring a garlic crème brûlée. She called it her "mystery cupcake" and made people guess what the main ingredient was. With a few.. okay a lot of hints, I guessed right. I knew it was something that had a kick to it, so the guess that got me closest was ginger. She's got a lot of talent, so check out her blog to see what else she makes.

Bacon Cookies aka Human Treats
adapted from The Bacon Cookbook

4 slices bacon, finely chopped
2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces and softened
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk, beaten
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. In a skillet, fry the bacon over moderate heat until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving the fat.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, butter, the whole egg, cream, and pepper; beat with an electric mixer until the dough is well blended. 3. Transfer to a floured surface, add the bacon and cheese, and knead until dough is soft and bacon evenly distributed, about 1 minute.
4. Roll out dough into one or two logs about 1 1/2 inches thick, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 2 hours.
5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet with a little of the bacon fat, and set aside.
6. On a work surface, cut the log into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange slices about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet, brush with the beaten egg yolk, and bake until the cookies are browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.


melissa said...

hi talida, aww. thanks for the shoutout. =)

i'm sorry i didn't get to try your cookies at the housewarming. but you're right, its a learning experience. i've been there and have done that... one too many times.

sprees said...

they were breakfasty!

Angela said...

It sounds delicious! What's not to like? Eggs? Good. Cheese? Good. Bacon? Goooooood! :)

monkey said...

are you sure these aren't dog biscuits??? i don't know that i trust you since the last time you made "bacon biscuits"...

NinjaMom said...

I just found your posting about the bacon cookies and clicked my way over with great anticipation. I'm so sad that they didn't turn out delicious!