Maple Bacon Sugar Cookies 

These cookies are basically an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast. I mean, they’ve got bacon and maple syrup. It’d be wrong not to eat them for breakfast. Or at least that’s what I told myself when I ate a couple with my morning cup of coffee.

The sugar cookies are soft and chewy, the maple glaze is sweet, and the bacon is crunchy and salty. What’s not to like? Plus, this recipe makes a ton of cookies. It depends on how big you make them, of course, but I got a little over 4 dozen cookies.

I used thick-cut bacon for this but any bacon would work. I prefer to make my bacon in the oven, especially when I’m making a large quantity. Just preheat the oven to 400 F, line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up, and lay the bacon on the foil, making sure it doesn’t overlap or else it will all stick together. Bake until it’s as crispy as you’d like. The thicker cut took about 30 minutes, but a thinner cut will probably take 15 to 20 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb bacon, cooked
  • 4 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 sticks butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 5 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Crumble or dice the bacon and set aside.

Whisk or sift together the flour and baking powder. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients slowly, mixing until just incorporated. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Scoop the dough with a tablespoon and roll into a ball. Flatten each ball slightly and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Let cool.

When cookies are cool, mix together the syrup and powdered sugar. The consistency should be thin enough to drizzle but not so thin that it will slide off the cookies.

Drizzle the maple glaze over the cookies. While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle the bacon over top. If any glaze is left over, drizzle that on top of the bacon. Enjoy!

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