Bourbon-Bacon Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Bourbon-Bacon Chocolate Chunk Cookies

3/4 pound center cut thick bacon, 1/2-inch diced

2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup reserved bacon fat, chilled

3/4 cup granulated white sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons bourbon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

In a large skillet, cook the bacon until the bacon pieces are golden brown and crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet and onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Reserve the bacon fat in the pan. You'll need 1/2 cup of the bacon fat. Spoon it into a 1/2 cup measuring cup and refrigerate it until it has solidified.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, bacon fat, sugars, bourbon and vanilla. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Beat in the flour mixture. Then stir in the bacon and chocolate (hint: if you want your cookies to look extra savory, save a few bacon and chocolate pieces to add to the top of each cookie dough blob before baking). Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment or silpat-lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Let stand on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes, then remove the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or store in a covered container or zip bag in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

Pro-Tip: If you're trying to cut calories with this recipe, don't! Turkey bacon probably wouldn't taste as good in this instance.