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Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

December 10, 2012

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It’s literally been so long since I came to blog that I forgot my login and password. That’s REALLY pathetic.

But today I went to the Holiday Market organized by Eat Boutique and was re-energized. I heard about the market a couple months back when Joy the Baker mentioned she was going to be there signing her new cookbook. As an avid reader of Joy’s blog, I marked my calendar and got psyched to meet her. I didn’t really pay much attention to the fact that there would be an entire market of other stuff going on until I went to buy my ticket.

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When I walked into the market (which was luckily just a little over a mile from my apartment in South Boston), I was shocked how much they had going on. Small batch food vendors were abound and I could hardly hold myself back from trying everything. First things first though, I had to buy my cookbook and get in line to meet Joy. I waited for a little under two hours, but was fortunate to meet a fellow blogger in line named Jenna and her friend Kaitlyn. Jenna’s blog is called The Paleo Project, and told me about a Boston Bloggers group that I’ll definitely have to check out.

When it was finally my turn to meet Joy, I was weirdly nervous. I had to remind myself….she’s just a normal person. I also had to remind myself that even though I feel like I know her since I’ve been reading her blog for a long time, I don’t ACTUALLY know her. She was super sweet and took a couple minutes to chat and sign my book. She gave me suggestions for what to make for my brunch-off at work next week, so co-workers beware, I think I’ve got the winning recipe now.

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After making a few purchases (hello bourbon smoked sugar), I left the market on a blogger high and decided to celebrate meeting Joy by making something out of her cookbook. Being that this blog is supposed to be about reeling in men through my baked goods, there are several standout options, but I decided to go with the Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies. In her notes above the recipe, Joy calls them “downright perfect.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, but they are definitely delicious. Eat your heart out gentleman, the manliest of man cookies has arrived. 

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Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies from Joy the Baker Cookbook 

8 slices bacon

1 cup all-natural peanut butter (I used creamy)

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided

2 teaspoons molasses

1 large egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

Generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted, salted peanuts

Line baking sheet with tin foil and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bacon slices on cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, until bacon is crisp. Remove from oven (but keep oven on!) and place on paper towel to drain excess grease.  Allow to cool then chop.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, sugar, and molasses until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg, nutmeg, and baking soda and mix until incorporated completely, another two minutes or so.

Fold in the peanuts and bacon. Using your hands, form the dough until balls, about the size of a large walnut. Roll the dough balls in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. For half of mine, I used this bourbon smoked sugar. In the cookbook Joy instructs you to do the normal fork criss-cross in the balls to flatten them, but I found that the dough was too crumbly and would fall apart when I tried. But don’t worry- they turn out just fine with out it!

Bake for 10 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack and cool completely. Package and give to the favorite dude in your life!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen permalink
    December 10, 2012 1:36 am

    YAY she’s back!!!

  2. December 10, 2012 9:11 pm

    Yes! It was soo good to meet you, I can’t wait to get together again. I love how the world works and can inspire us in strange little ways. We were so star struck 🙂

  3. Kaitlyn permalink
    December 10, 2012 9:28 pm

    Great meeting you! I wish you had had these cookies while we were in line – I could have used a snack.

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