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Ontario Pork Blog

16 December 2016

Bacon chocolate chip cookie truffles... and a holiday baking extravaganza

The Brunette Baker

Bacon chocolate chip cookie truffles... and a holiday baking extravaganza

The Brunette Baker

Jenny Jack loves to eat. A self-confessed sugar addict, she is the baker, food fluffer, photographer, and storyteller behind The Brunette Baker – a blog dedicated to all sugar-laden decadence.

She is a recent culinary graduate and the queen of impromptu living room dance parties. Jenny is happiest in her kitchen creating messes with her two incredible kids while her husband serves as mandatory taste taster of all creations made.


Happy December!

Can you believe 2016 is almost over? Kris Kringle will be leaving soot-filled boot marks all over Mom’s best carpet and we’ll be singing Auld Lang Syne with a glass of champagne in hand before we know it. I was trying to remember what I did back in March and April and I drew a complete blank.

Father Time? Please slow down. You're making me forget things.

Old Man Winter has finally arrived with snow flurries in his wake, but I can't help but feel warm and fuzzy all over. This time of year is always filled with so much excitement and joy for me: cozy fires, making the house festive and bright, hot cocoa in hand, and my beloved holiday baking extravaganza.

It's one of my favourite ways to show appreciation to those that mean so much to me all year long. This year, I wanted to add a different sort of treat to my cookie trays.

Chocolate chip cookies are undeniably one of my favourite eats, so why not up the ante and add some crispy bacon to the dough? Better yet, crumble the cookies, dredge the lot in chocolate and top with even more bacon.

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Holiday perfection. Indulge and enjoy, friends!

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Watch the video


Yield: 20 - 24 pieces
Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 20-24 chocolate chip cookies (homemade* or store-bought)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 slices Ontario bacon, cooked, drained, finely chopped and divided
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat together butter and both sugars until pale and creamy. Add in egg and egg yolk and beat until fully incorporated. Slowly add in flour mixture into butter mixture and mix only until combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Place 11/2-inch balls on prepared cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. You want cookies crisp, but not overdone. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Truffles:
  1. Once cookies are completely cooled, take two dozen cookies and crush into crumbs into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add in 6 slices of finely chopped bacon and cream cheese. Mix together until a ball of cookie dough forms. If dough feels dry, add 1 Tbsp of cream cheese until desired consistency is achieved. Roll into 2-inch balls. Place rolled cookie balls onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. While cookie balls are freezing, melt chocolate: in a heatproof safe dish, place chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in heat in 30 second intervals. Stir and heat until creamy and lump free.
  4. Dip balls into chocolate with a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Place truffles back onto cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle top with a generous pinch of chopped bacon. Once all truffles have been coated, place in fridge to allow chocolate to set.
  5. Keep truffles refrigerated in an airtight container.
Nutritional Information
Bacon chocolate chip cookie truffles
Per 1 Serving (1/24 of Recipe)
Protein 3 g
Calories 214
Sugar
Fat 10 g
  Saturated 10 g
  Monounsaturated
  Polyunsaturated
Cholesterol
Sodium 113 mg
Potassium
Calcium
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fibre 1 g
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