Classic with a Twist

I had a great day with work related activities, planned a luncheon for a local American Marketing Association and then a great meeting with a client. On my way home across Tampa Bay (about 30 minutes) I had planned to bake a recipe submitted on our Facebook page from John R. Clark, Lemon Sugar Drop Cookies, super excited.

After I picked up the kids and got home to start preparing dinner making a delicious array of food offerings because our kids don’t eat anything, ugh. I feel like short-order cook sometimes, but I digress…after dinner I asked the family what they wanted, they exclaimed Chocolate Chip! The staple in our family, but they didn’t wan any old Chocolate Chip cookie, they wanted a hearty and chunky Chocolate Chip cookie. I said okay, in order to do that, we’ll have to alter just a bit the my standard recipe, which are a bit on the thin side.

Chunky Chocolate Chip

So, knowing brown sugar will hold up better than a 50/50 split of brown and white sugar in my traditional recipe, I used 100% all brown sugar. I added a bit more flour and reduced my soda from 2 tsp to 1 tsp. Worked like a charm. But I didn’t stop there.

This morning, I made a pan of bacon. Donavan, who loves bacon, didn’t eat too much this morning, so I saved it in the fridge before I was off running around Tampa Bay today. BTW…a big thank you to my neighbor Cindy for picking up our dog Bentley from the groomers today, classic double-booking and waiting too late to cancel/change his appointment.


Anyhow, I thought, I love salty and sweet, and what would be better than crushed up bacon bits in a chocolate chip cookie! I’m in a fun experimenting mode anyhow, why not? So I used my handy Pampered Chef Food Chopper and chopped up 3 slices of bacon into little bits. (I love this chopper, it’s handy for anything 1 cup or under.)  Mixed the bits, about 2 tbs into about 2 cups of cookie batter. Then after placing 2.0 ounces of cookie dough on the baking sheet, I sprinkled bacon bits on top and a little sea salt! While this isn’t the healthiest cookie, I laughed as I made them. Will have to work it out in the early morning!

After baking and cooling for about 30-40 minutes, I couldn’t wait any longer. The kids gobbled the “regular” cookies and exclaimed as they drank down their cold milk, “these are the best chocolate chip cookies you ever made” and “these cookies are so chunky!” For me, the bacon cookies were fantastic, salty and a bit of crunch every so often, and then I thought maybe the bacon didn’t add anything. I tried a regular cookie and I was sold, the bacon cuts the sweet dramatically and I could taste a big difference eating the regular and bacon cookie side by side.

Trace’s Bacon Chocolate Chip

So I’ve learned, try something if you think it might be a good idea, you never know if it will work out or not! My next bake, Lemon Sugar drop cookies, I promise John, I’ll get to them, can’t wait!  Enjoy the bake!


Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus 1 tbs of flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp of popcorn salt

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

1 twelve ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Optional: Chopped Bacon Bits

Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Beat butter and shortening until smooth, add brown sugar, mix until well combined, add vanilla and one egg at a time. Add large spoonfuls of flour to mixer until all completely combined.

Hand stir in chocolate chips (and bacon) until full incorporated.

Baked 2.0 ounces of cookie dough 2″ apart for 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Don’t forget to use sea salt on top if you like your cookies salty like I do!

Cook for five minutes and transfer to cooling racks.


Chunky Chocolate Cookies with Bacon Bits Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.6g 12%
Saturated Fat 4.6g 23%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 18.9g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Total Sugars 10.9g
Protein 3.1g
Vitamin D 1mcg 5%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 40mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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