Recipe: Bacon Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten Free}

Recipe: Bacon Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten Free}

Just when you thought a Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie could not be improved upon, along comes this recipe for a savoury bacon pecan version!

These cookies have just a hint of bacon flavour from the cooked bacon fat (lard). Of course, if you LOVE bacon and want more of a WOW factor, then add some finely chopped cooked bacon bits (about 1/4 cup) to the cookie dough and/or sprinkle bacon bits on top of the cookie dough just before baking. As you can see, pictured here, I garnished my cookies with a bit of bacon. Adds an interesting bit of appeal don’t you think?

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These cookies are a fun treat to take to a party. It’s entertaining to see how people react when you tell them there’s bacon in the cookies! I made some of these cookies for a family picnic last summer. I told everyone the cookies had bacon in them and stood back to watch. There were different reactions, some people were all over the cookies, devouring them by the handful while others were dead set against trying something so out of their comfort zone…hello Sis :)

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Bacon fat gives these cookies a rich moist, almost creamy mouth feel. Something that is often missing when baking with gluten free flours. Especially rice flours that can sometimes leave baked goods with a gritty feel.

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This recipe calls for 1/4 cup bacon fat. I always have some in my freezer because I strain and save the fat after baking a big batch of bacon in the oven. The fat (and leftover cooked bacon) freeze well. For convenience, divide the fat into 1/4 cup portions before freezing.

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I wondered about the best way to store these babies when they have real bacon in them. So I asked my BFF, Mr Google. Unfortunately, my friend’s answers were rather ambiguous. Once cooked, real bacon that is smoked and is high in salt, is ‘fairly’ shelf stable. I decided to play it safe and keep my leftover { ha! } cookies in the freezer. They only take a few minutes to defrost before they’re ready to serve.

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Now for the pièce de résistance…get your hands on some Pure Maple Sugar. They carry a few different brands at Amazon.com {affiliate link} I was lucky to find this little bottle at one of the vendors in Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver.

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Topped with a little sprinkle of Pure Maple Sugar before baking…Oh my! Yes Please!!

Bacon Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Gluten Free | Dairy Free (option) | Refined Sugar Free | Omnivore
Ingredients
  • Always refer to packaging labels for the most up to date allergy information
Bacon:
  • 6-8 strips bacon, or amount needed to render ¼ Cup of bacon fat. I used Maple Smoked Bacon
Cookie Dough:
Instructions
Bacon
  1. Cook bacon in the oven, or in a large skillet until golden and crispy. Remove to drain on paper towels, reserving the fat. Strain the fat (to remove cracklings) and let clear fat cool to room temperature, or until set.
  2. Reserve 1-2 slices of cooked bacon for garnish (if desired). Use the rest of the bacon for another purpose.
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the all-purpose gluten free flour, xanthan gum (if using), baking soda, salt and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream together butter, cooled bacon fat, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy and well blended.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add cranberries, pecans, chocolate chips and real bacon bits (if using). Mix until well blended.
  6. Use a small cookie scoop, or drop cookie dough by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  7. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Notes
Please keep in mind that making substitutions will change the final outcome.
My favourite All-Purpose Baking Mix is from Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery. If you would like to try their gluten free flour, you can pick it up direct from the Bakery at 1025 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC. Or check the ‘Find Us’ page on their website to see if it’s available at a retailer near you (Note: in Canada, you can find Cloud 9 All-Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix in some Costco stores).
To make your own all-purpose gluten free flour mixture for this recipe, here is what I use…1/4 Cup plus 1 Tbsp sweet white rice flour, ¼ Cup plus 1 Tbsp buckwheat flour, ¼ Cup plus 1 Tbsp tapioca starch/flour, 3 Tbsp millet flour, 2 Tbsp potato starch (not potato flour)

Enjoy!
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Laureen is an enthusiastic amateur cook and Canadian Food Blogger from Vancouver BC. She loves spending her days creating good wholesome food in this Fox Kitchen. Evenings will find her blogging about the best that living without gluten has to offer.

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7 comments

  1. Yup. Sounds like perfection. I have been meaning to try bacon in my baking but just haven’t gotten there yet. This is the push I needed, especially since we are in the heart of baking season and entertaining. These would be a fun unexpected treat for guests.

  2. These sound so intriguing, Laureen! I’d quite like to give them a try. I can see that the sweet/savory thing could be really wonderful!! I’ve shared a link to this page on my FB page. Thank you for sharing your Bacon Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies with the Hearth and Soul hop!

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