12/9/10

pb and bacon cookie bark w/ smokehouse almonds


Ready for another foodie christmas gift idea? And boy is this one super easy too. Tasty lil nuggets too. One could easily eat a cookie sheet portion of these with an ice cold glass of milk and call it a good day. These got rave reviews from my clients and friends.

And yeah, I am loving Top Chef All Stars. Did you see last nights episode at the museum? Hilarious! So funny when Dale said he was going to make "corn muffins with Nyquil".
Love every single one of those chefs. What a super, energy-packed group of chefs. They are ALL extremely friggin talented, would pay anything to just hang with them; they ALL make me want to do more, be more creative in the kitchen and rock on with my bad ass foodie self!


Cook notes:
I have given you a peanut butter cookie recipe to use, but in all honesty you can use whatever one you prefer and I also think a plain sugar cookie recipe would work here too. Remember when you are spreading the dough not to make it too thin. You might have to increase your cooking time as you are making one giant cookie in essence. Don't over cook, you want it slighty, a tiny bit, underdone because you want a moist bark, not thin and crispy. I mean one could try thin and crispy but I don't know how that would taste. Please make sure to finely mince the cooked bacon bits--this is not the recipe for large chunks.

pb & bacon cookie bark with smokey almonds
From vanillasugarblog

peanut butter cookie dough w/ bacon
(cookie dough slightly adapted from Baked: New Frontiers)
print recipe

1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
2 ts of baking soda
1 ts sea salt
1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 ts pure vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ - ¾ cup of cooked, FINELY chopped bacon chunks (add as much or as little as you like)

For bark:
8 ounces of high quality dark chocolate (semi sweet)
A couple large handfuls of Smokehouse almonds

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together until fluffy.
Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated.
The mixture will look light and fluffy.
Add the vanilla and peanut butter and beat until just incorporated.
Add half of the flour mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.
Using a spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the bacon chunks. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  I did NOT do this, I went ahead and baked them and it was fine. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. (I like to spray them with nonstick spray too). Spread the batter out fairly thick, not too thin. I would wet my fingers or spatula with water and press cookie dough down. Don’t worry about making an even square or circle, this is bark and its supposed to look rustic. Remember, don’t press it too thin!
Bake for 12 - 17 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until the edges of cookie bark are light brown. We don’t want to make this crispy; we want it still soft.
As soon as the pans come out of the oven this is when you want to sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot cookie bark. In a few minutes the chocolate will melt and you can easily spread it around with a spatula. Then top with the smokey almonds and press them down in a bit to make sure they stay when dry. It’s not advisable to put this in the fridge to set as you will lose the glossiness of the chocolate. Takes a couple hours for chocolate to harden.

40 comments:

  1. Most barks have such a thing crust, I love that yours is thick. And such creative toppings!

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  2. Love the twist on the peanut butter/bacon/chocolate - smokehouse almonds. Brilliant!

    Think I might try a batch of my bacon peanut brittle with those instead of the peanuts.

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  3. I just saw your tweet. I wiped drool off my screen so I could comment. oh my yumminess! This looks amazing Dawn:)

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  4. You are seriously my soul sister. You have to be.

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  5. Heather (Heather's Dish)12/9/10, 5:54 PM

    oh my gosh, you're evil in such a good way...

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  6. These. Look. AMAZING!

    I'll have to try them ASAP.

    ~F

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  7. You're a freaking genius, I'm telling you. When are you opening your bakery?

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  8. Smoked almonds! Brilliant!

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  9. ummm, yes please!! and to think, just when i was stressing b/c i couldn't decide which cookies to make this year... :) love!

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  10. Does the bacon HAVE to be finely chopped. I want CHUNKS of bacon in mine. I'll text you my address to send me some, kay?

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  11. You do so many crazy awesome amazing things. Especially with bacon. And I love it.

    I didn't get to see Top Chef this week and I'm so upset! Time to hit up Hulu :P

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  12. Okay, tell you what, you can come to my house to eat if I can come to your house to eat. Dang girl, drool worthy.... totally!

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  13. Can you PLEASE send me some..I am still bitchy.

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  14. This isn't a cookie; this is a MEAL! ;)

    Every one of my favorite food groups is involved, too. Yum!

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  15. I think peanut butter is definitely the way to go here - not sure I'd want any other cookie dough with bacon! Yum - these are so out there, I love it!

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  16. You can never beat a sweet and salty combo--yummmm!!

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  17. I'm at a loss for words and all I can say is that you are freakin AWESOME!!!!!

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  18. yum..this sounds like a dream for PMS. LOL

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  19. What an interesting and different array of flavors - I have got to try this out!! And I'm loving TC All Stars, but so many of them seem to have such egos now...

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  20. Hello Dawn, Bacon, Chocolate, this has my mouth watering! ~Textures I like~ Thanks once again :)

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  21. Have to love the bacon in there. Awesome stuff all around.

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  22. Brilliant! You are the queen of baking... I want some of this bark NOW!

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  23. Holy yum! I bet the smokehouse almonds are fantastic with the bacon. TWo yummy smokey flavors unite.

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  24. The little bacon and peanut butter you put together sounds delicious and I have been craving cookies so hard.

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  25. What a great bark. I have a sweet tooth and would love them.

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  26. peanut butter, chocolate, and almonds is a no-brainer combination, and sneaking bacon in there can only help matters. say...i wonder how plain ol' peanut butter on bacon would be... :)

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  27. Love the thick cookie crust on this bark! Definitely digging the bacon bits in here too!

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  28. Dawn, you are the QUEEN of sweet and savory! I mean really, peanut butter, chocolate and bacon! Oh heck yeah!

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  29. Oh wow - this sounds salty and sweet and delicious!!!

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  30. Sweets2share.com / Trine
    I love your blogg :)

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  31. Oh sweet jesus, are you trying to kill me? Smokehouse almonds, peanut butter, and chocolate? How the hell am I supposed to resist? If I replace the sugar with Splenda baking sugar (or the stevia in the raw) perhaps I can make this into something safer for my sugar levels. Then again, I might just say screw it! Boy, you sure are a temptress! LOL

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  32. Oh man, I've yet to add bacon to my baked goods! Looks heavenly!

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  33. You had me at bacon. Or was it peanut butter? Maybe chocolate. I don't know, but I do know that this recipe looks absolutely, positively, mind-numbingly DELICIOUS! Thank you!!

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  34. Wow, that looks positively awesome. I don't eat bacon, but if I did, I'd be all over this!
    *kisses* HH

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  35. The day you posted these, a friend of mine asked me if I had any chocolate and bacon recipes and I sent her over here!

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  36. You have lucky friends. No one ever makes these kinds of things for us!

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  37. Where the fuck have you been all my life?!!! I love these recipes!

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