Bacon Dessert Recipes

Chocolate-Bacon-Peanut Bark

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If you want to test the waters of bacon desserts, this recipe is for you. It's simple and illustrates the appeal of pairing salty, crunchy bacon with smooth, rich chocolate and earthy peanuts.
Chocolate-Bacon-Peanut Bark
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Chocolate-Bacon-Peanut Bark
Susan Russo for NPR

Makes 10 to 12 servings, depending on the size of the pieces

8 strips bacon

16 ounces semisweet chocolate (chunks or chips are fine)

1 cup unsalted peanuts

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add chocolate to a double boiler. If you don't have one, fill a pan with a couple of inches of water. Place a glass bowl over the pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water underneath. Once the water begins to boil, add the chocolate chips. Using a spatula, stir continuously, until smooth and creamy.

Stir in the bacon and peanuts. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to 3/8-inch thickness. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. The bark should be hard and chilled.

Place bark on a cutting board and cut into pieces — any size or shape you'd like. Serve at about room temperature.



Maple-Apple-Bacon Cake With Maple Glaze

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This cake is like a dessert version of breakfast pancakes doused with maple syrup and accompanied by bacon. The moist cake is punctuated with satisfying bits of crisp bacon, tart Granny Smith apples and toasty pecans.
Maple-Apple-Bacon Cake With Maple Glaze
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Maple-Apple-Bacon Cake With Maple Glaze
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Makes 16 (2-inch) square pieces

Cake

8 strips apple-wood or maple-smoked bacon, with 2 strips reserved for garnish

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

2/3 cups sugar

2 large eggs

3/4 teaspoon maple extract

3/4 cups buttermilk

1 cup peeled, diced Granny Smith apples

1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Glaze

6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

A pinch of cinnamon

Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter, or coat with cooking spray, an 8-inch-square pan.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, turning several times, until browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely. Reserve 2 of the chopped slices for garnish.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and maple extract, and beat at medium speed until light. Reduce speed to low and add the buttermilk. Beat until well-blended. Add the dry ingredients; beat until just incorporated and the flour is dissolved. Stir in the apples, pecans and bacon.

Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes. Unmold the cake and place on a rack. Cool to room temperature before icing.

In a small bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon until smooth. It should cling to the back of a spoon. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing in a back-and-forth motion across the cake. Sprinkle with the reserved 2 slices of chopped bacon. Allow to set for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Can be stored on countertop for one to two days, then refrigerated in an airtight container.



Chocolate Chip-Bacon-Pecan Cookies

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Just when you thought chocolate chip cookies couldn't be improved upon, along comes bacon chocolate chip cookies. Little bits of crisp, fatty bacon melt into the sweet, soft, chocolate-studded cookie dough, making these cookies chewy, rich and addictive.
Chocolate Chip-Bacon-Pecan Cookies (thick)
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Chocolate Chip-Bacon-Pecan Cookies (thick)
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Makes about 18 thin-and-chewy cookies

5 strips bacon

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla extract, and beat until just blended. Add the dry ingredients; beat until just incorporated and the flour is dissolved. Stir in the chocolate chips, pecans and bacon.

Drop one large tablespoon cookie dough 2 to 3 inches apart (as they will spread) on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until firm and golden brown around the edges, and still slightly soft in the center. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes.

Can be stored on countertop for one to two days, then refrigerated in an airtight container.

Variation: If you like your chocolate chip cookies thicker, follow this recipe.

Makes about 18 thick-and-chewy cookies

5 strips bacon

1 cup, plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Follow the same steps from the thin version above.




Peanut Butter-Maple Bacon Fudge

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This fudge pairs bacon with three of its best friends: chocolate, peanut butter and maple. With the holidays approaching, it also makes an easy, inexpensive and unusual gift.
Peanut Butter-Maple Bacon Fudge
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Peanut Butter-Maple Bacon Fudge
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Makes 49 squares

12 strips maple-smoked bacon, with 2 strips reserved for garnish

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon maple extract

Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely. Reserve 2 of the chopped slices for garnish.

Combine all ingredients except bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until chips and butter are melted, and mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in bacon.

Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the reserved chopped bacon on top and lightly press with your fingertips. Cover with aluminum foil and chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.

Slice into 7 equal rows to create 49 squares. It's a good idea to use a ruler to ensure equal-sized pieces. Serve at about room temperature.

  • Dannyl
  • December 3, 2009, 6:43 am
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