Maple Bacon Crackle Cookies

Maple Bacon (or not) Crackle Cookies

Maple Bacon (or not) Crackle Cookies

Makes 6 dozen cookies

Need a pile of sweet and tangy cookies to get you through week 10,752 of self-isolating—or just having a bad week?  I hear ya. This is sweet enough, and there’s bacon. Well, bacon bits. (Is it better that you can just pour them out of a jar, or will you miss the lovely aroma of smoked pork wafting through the house? Heck, drop a handful of these in your mouth, and you won’t miss the lingering aroma and you won’t have to clean the fry pan.) 

FYI, I like the cookie both with and without bacon; John prefers it with. Not that I don’t like bacon, it’s just a really good maple sugar cookie, too. If you’re watching your salt, without bacon is still a very tasty option.

 PS: This recipe appeared in the May 2018 issue of Rifle Loony News, our online 4xyear mini-magazine, the cookie Corner being one of just several regular columns: also Honest Guns, Handloading Tips, Down the Barrel, and Good (Wild Game) Eats.   https://www.riflesandrecipes.com/product/rifle-loony-news-membership/

 

Maple Bacon (or not) Crackle Cookies

Makes 6 dozen cookies

A note about ingredients: our local Thriftway carries powdered buttermilk, as do many small town grocery stores.  It’s down at ankle level amongst the sweetened condensed milk cans.  Why use it? It adds a creaminess to the cookie’s flavor and more snap to the crackle.  Never a bad thing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3½ cups white flour
  • ½ cup powdered buttermilk*
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ tablespoons Hormel Real Bacon Bits
  • White sugar to roll the cookies in

Cooking

  1. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until they’re a bit fluffier (about 3-4 minutes, on medium speed). 
  2. Add the maple syrup, egg and vanilla and mix well.  Stir the flour, buttermilk powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl, then add to the butter/sugar mixture with the bacon bits if you’re using them.  Beat until blended.  Cover and chill 1-2 hours (for easier handling).
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Pour ¼cup of white sugar onto a plate and, after you roll the batter into 1-inch balls between your palms, roll them in the sugar (it’s the sugar that makes the surface crackle), and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake 10 minutes, let cool and enjoy!
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