Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Whether you’re spending it with friends, family or a very special someone this is a super easy recipe to woo apple and bacon lovers. These cookies are gooey in the centre, sweet and sour from the apple bits and a touch of salt from the bacon. To be honest, I found the taste to be unusual but after a couple of bites, the hints of all the flavour really came together for me. Now, I can’t stop thinking about them. Dad and Richard on the other hand, aren’t quite convinced. Both love the hard textured cookies which means I may just have to keep making them to win them over. If you’re already won over, let’s get into the recipe shall we?
How To: Apple and Bacon Cookies
What you’ll need: Makes approx. 24 medium sized cookies
– 200g of unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
– 300g or 2 cups plain flour (sifted)
– 180g or 1 cup brown sugar
– 1 tsp. vanilla essence
– 300g of diced apples (Peeled and cored then dice. I used 2 large Royal Gala apples but you can use your favourite)
– 250g diced bacon
– 1 tbs. milk
– 1 egg
|Bacon bits, mmmm|
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius / 350 degrees Farenheit
2. Fry diced bacon on a low to medium heat to crisp up bacon pieces. This will take up to 6 minutes. (Remember to stir bacon in frypan to ensure even colouring. Frying in batches may also help as well.) Set aside on a lined paper towel plate to soak excess oil.
3. Beat butter and sugar in large mixing bowl until well combined
4. Add vanilla essence and egg to butter/sugar mixture and mix well
5. Add 1/4 of sifted flour to bowl and mix until incorporated
6. Repeat step 5 until all flour has been added
7. Beat milk into mixture
8. Using a spatula/ wooden spoon add diced apples and bacon bits into dough and mix until well combined
9. Roll a heaped tablespoon of dough into a ball/disc then place on a lined baking tray about 5cm apart to avoid overlapping.
|Ready to bake!|
10. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes then leave to cool for 20 minutes before consuming (Check cookie bases at 12 minutes. If they’re slightly golden brown around edges and base, they’re ready)
Hope you love this recipe and let me know if you’ve melted any hearts with this. Be sure to leave a comment below if you do! Just remember, don’t go bacon anyone’s heart this Valentine’s Day. 😉