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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted March 8, 2012 by Stephanie

I love bacon and I love chocolate chip cookies. With this cookie, two of my favourite childhood treats are combined into one salty, chocolate-y cookie for the ultimate indulgence. If these cookies existed when I was a kid I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have eaten anything else.

As a child, I was one of those annoyingly picky eaters. There were very few items I’d actually get excited about. One was bacon. Whenever my mom cooked bacon (rarely) she only let me eat a maximum of two pieces. I could never get enough of that smoky, sweet-salty goodness.

Now that I’m an adult and I can eat bacon anytime I want, I don’t indulge as nearly as much as you’d think. However, I do randomly add bacon to almost anything. Bacon ice cream? Yes please! Bacon vodka? Bring it on. Chocolate chip cookies studded with crispy bacon bits? What could be better? These cookies turned out even more fantastic than I envisioned. Subtly salty with plenty of smokey bacon bits and dark chocolate, these cookies are the ultimate indulgence.

I am chocolate-y, I am baconized: I AM BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE!

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe adapted from
yield: 9 large cookies

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 8 slices of bacon, finely chopped then pan-fried until crispy and drained on paper towels
  • sea salt

Sift the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl and set aside. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Stir in the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Drop in the chocolate and bacon and incorporate. Refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 9 3 1/2 ounce mounds of dough (the size of large golf balls) onto the baking sheet leaving ample space between cookies. Sprinkle cookies with a touch of sea salt. Bake until golden brown but still soft, 18-20 minutes. Cool on sheet for 10 minutes then move to rack to cool until you are ready to enjoy!


  1. Mary says:

    Nice site. I love the photography. I’ve actually had bacon brownies before. Not really my favorite. But I think the trick is to finely chop up the bacon like you did.

  2. Lea says:

    Hey there, I’m from Germany and a big fan of this blog, look how far you got ;D I really want to try these but I have kind of a stupid question: When you say the bacon has to be “cooked until crispy” do you really mean cooking? Because “cooking” for me is in a pot of water and I just can’t imagine putting the bacon in there? Or do I have to prepare it in a pan? Thanks for the help!!

    1. steph says:

      Hi Lea,

      Pan-fry the sliced bacon in a small skillet over medium heat. It’ll take a little while, but all the bacon will crisp up then you can drain the pieces on paper towels to get rid of the excess oil. Hope this helps!

      1. Bryce says:

        She might be confused as to the type of bacon which is to be used, American bacon is generally quite different from the bacon encountered in the rest of the world.

        1. Steve says:

          No its not!!!!Diff we here in Germany have the same as America and more…

  3. Erica says:

    Do you mean 1/2 cup sugar? The recipe looks amazing!

    1. steph says:

      Hi Erica,

      Yes, it’s half a cup plus 1 tablespoon.

  4. Lisa says:

    Approximately how many oz. is 1/2 c of dark chocolate? Also is there a certain % cocoa that you recommend for this recipe?

    1. steph says:

      Hi Lisa,

      1/2 cup of chocolate chips is about 3 ounces. For the chocolate, between 50-70% would be yummy. I don’t recommend anything darker than 70%.

  5. Brittny says:

    Is it absolutely necessary to refrigerate the batter for 24-36 hours? What would happen if I baked it right away? Thanks!

    1. steph says:

      Hi Brittny,

      It’s not necessary, but it “cures” the dough, resulting in a richer cookie. It also helps with the cookie not spreading too much during baking. That being said, I’m pretty sure the cookies will taste just fine if you only refrigerate for an hour or bake right away.

  6. Joslyn says:

    Do you have to refridgerate it?

  7. mary says:

    i just tried this last night. i liked the crunchy salty bacon and chocolate taste. definitely have to crisp the bacon really well. thanks for sharing!

  8. Steph says:

    Baked these! Love the sweet/salty combo. Add 1/4 tsp of salt to my batter and made it with all brown sugar and used cake flour instead of AP. Only refrigerated them for 5min – couldn’t wait. Baked for 10min and came out super chewy. Yummm. Thanks!

  9. I love adding bacon to desserts! People always think I’m crazy, but the salty/sweet/savory combo is amazing. Your cookies sound to die for!

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  10. Jessica says:

    why does the dough need to be refridgerated prior to baking? is it okay to bake right away?? (clearly, I do not want to wait 24-36 hours to bake and eat!!)

  11. Rav says:

    Made em. I liked these well enough to make once in a while. Not my favorites though.

  12. aris says:

    hello! when you say 1 3/4 cups flour you mean 1 + 3/4 cups flour? or just 3/4 cups?

  13. Amanda Blain says:

    Oh my.. i totally shared these out today… Will be making for the holidays.. Mmmm BACON!

  14. Gil says:

    This. Is. F***king. Awesome.

  15. Spencer says:

    I have heard that the combination of chocolate and bacon is amazing but I haven’t tried it yet. These cookies seem like as good a place as any to start. Might have to try and recreate the recipe.

  16. Fatima Slade says:

    I was reading the comments and someone had questioned why the batter needed to be chilled overnight, the inventor of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruth Graves Wakefield recommended such. I agree with you about curing the batter. When I bake Chocolate Chip Cookies, I do this:
    1. Chill the batter overnight
    2. Chill cookie sheets
    3. Place cookie dough on chilled cookie sheet and bake
    4. Place unused cookie dough back in the fridge while one sheet of cookies are baking. I only bake one sheet at a time.
    The New York Times ran an article around 3 years ago about the science behind baking the best chocolate chip cookie.
    In addition, the Sisters Cafe writes about it on their website (see link below). Although I have not attempted this recipe, (yet) I will do so hopefully soon when things slow down. I also wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog and I appreciate all you put into it and hope you never stop! :)
    According to the article, Ruth Graves Wakefield, who invented the chocolate chip cookie for her Tollhouse Inn in the 1930s, wrote that the dough should be chilled overnight

  17. Pat says:

    Once baked, do the cookies have to be kept refrigerated because of the bacon. Can they just be kept in a cookie tin?

  18. Reggie says:

    Is the dough suppose to be hard once you take it out of the fridge? I tripled the recipe and hopefully it came out right. I checked the dough this morning and it is quite hard.

    1. steph says:

      Hi Reggie,

      It’s fine that the dough is hard right out of the fridge. Hope your cookies turned out wonderful!

  19. nikki says:

    hi i’m wondering if you think it would be okay to substitute coconut oil for butter?

    1. steph says:

      I haven’t tried it myself, but I have heard that a 1:1 substitute would work. However, I’m not sure what it would do to the texture of the cookie. Let me know if you try it!

  20. Vickie says:

    Pat already asked but wasn’t answered- Do these cookies need to be stored in the frig because they have bacon in them??

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi vickie,
      we didn’t have them around long enough to worry about it, but if you’re going to keep them for more than a day or two i would put them in the fridge :)

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