Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies and Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon
1 package thick cut bacon (about 10 strips)
brown sugar for sprinkling

Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
12oz toll house semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Make the candied bacon: preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lay bacon on a parchment covered baking sheet so they are not overlapping. Sprinkle about 2 tsp brown sugar evenly on each strip of bacon. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from oven, flip bacon and drag it through the syrupy liquid that’s collected on the baking sheet.  Put the bacon back in the oven for another 12-15 minutes, until it is fully cooked and very dark (mahogany). Remove the strips from the sheet and cool on a wire rack.  After they have cooked, chop them or quickly food process into tiny pieces.

Make the cookies: Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.  Beat butter, both sugars, cinnamon and vanilla in a large bowl.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.  Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and bacon pieces.

Spoon dough (about a tablespoon per cookie) onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes.  I tend to go a little under 9 minutes so they come out just underdone.  Remove to cooling racks or eat immediately with a tall glass of cold milk.

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