Bacon Cookies

by Jennifer on April 17, 2012

in Bacon Desserts, Sugar Cookies

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I love decorating cookies (obviously). But, sometimes the thought of making dough, rolling it out, using cutters, baking cookies, cooling cookies, making royal icing, dying the icing, preparing the bags, and finally decorating the cookies exhausts me. I wonder why? So, I love making cookies that look awesome and don’t require icing or pastry bags. I found a fabulous tutorial on bacon cookies, though I wanted to add a NoYoMoCo spin. Bacon isn’t bacon without that wavy shape…but how to achieve it? Luckily, Sugarbelle, the cookie queen, used a technique to make fun tortilla chip cookies. So, I combined these techniques, threw in some sugar “pepper,” and voila – it’s bacon! (I may use this phrase several times throughout this blog post…sorry). 

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite sugar cookies recipe (for cutout cookies)
  • Various food coloring (I used Wilton’s golden yellow, Americolor pink, Americolor chocolate brown, Americolor super red – I think that is it!)
  • Brown sugar
  • Black sugar (I dyed my own)
  • Meringue powder
  • A small paintbrush
  • Wooden dowels to fit your cookie sheet (I used 5/8 of an inch, but going a bit smaller may be better)
  • A cookie sheet with rimmed edges
  • Parchment paper (you will definitely need it for this)

1. Convince a handy loved one to buy wooden dowels and cut them to fit your cookie sheet. Debate the proper size on the telephone while you’re sitting around at home “cleaning” and they are in Home Depot. Wait impatiently as they use the big, scary saw. Love them unconditionally.

I didn’t get a picture of the dowels themselves, but you’ll see what I mean in a minute.

2. Divide your dough into 3 balls – two of equal size and one a bit smaller.

Dye the smaller dough ball a dark red/pink/brown (I used red, pink, and brown coloring – imagine that?). Dye one of the larger dough balls a beige/yellow color ( I used yellow and brown coloring) and dye the other large dough ball a pinky red, close to the color of ground beef (I used pink, red, and some brown coloring). Put the dough in the fridge for a bit (30 minutes or so).

I wanted to make these cookies slice and bake, like the original tutorial, so once your dough is nice and cold, start building your block of dough. Since we want to cut these cookies, you want the side view to look like a slice of bacon. Here, I’ll show you.

3. Take the dark red dough, place it on some plastic wrap, and make some funky shapes with it.

As you can see, this is not rocket science! But, from my reference pictures, the darkest meat of the bacon is usually concentrated on one side. So, that is what I did. Don’t worry about perfection – it’s bacon!

Then, I started adding in some of the beige dough and the pink dough in the random grooves:

It is harder to see the cross-section view since some of my dough hangs over, but you get the idea. I ended with the beige color, then covered it in plastic wrap and let it chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

Don’t worry about the top being even. The dips and variations will make it more realistic.

4. Uncover the dough and use a large, sharp knife to cut off the end:

Success! Looks kind of bacon-y to me. Cut the rest of the slices. Take the aforementioned wooden dowels and place them on your cookie sheet. They will probably roll around, but the cookies will anchor them in place. Cover the dowels with parchment paper. Lay the slices on the cookie sheet, on top of the dowels:

I think this picture helps much more than my rambling instructions! If your cookies break a little at the grooves, just pinch the dough a bit to smooth it out. Mine still cracked a bit, but I think they still look great.

5. Bake your cookies according to your recipe’s instructions. The thickness of the slices will affect the baking time. I just baked mine in 3-4 minute intervals until I was happy with them. I think it ended up being about double the original baking time, but mine were pretty thick. Err on the side of overcooking them a little to ensure they are firm enough to keep their shape. The finished product should look a little like this:

A little dark on the edges, but seriously – it’s bacon! Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before removing them.

6. To add some peppered pizazz, I had to make some “pepper” sugar. I sprinkled some pepper into a bowl for reference. I decided that some black colored sugar mixed with some brown sugar (not brown colored sugar, just regular brown sugar) should do the trick:

Close enough!

Then, I used a trick from Bake at 350 for attaching sugar to cookies (besides dumping sugar onto still-wet icing, my usual method). I mixed a little bit of meringue powder with a little bit of water, painted the edges of the cookies with the mixture, then sprinkled or dunked the cookies into the sugar, depending on the angle:

The more irregular, the better – it’s bacon!

Now, go enjoy your bacon cookies.

Only a glass of orange juice and a couple eggs away from a balanced cookie breakfast!

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1 Lisa April 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Love these! OMG – adorable!

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2 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thank you, Lisa! :)

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3 Kim J. April 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Holy cow! That’s awesome! Even my husband thought it looked like real bacon. Definitely going to have to try this…would be great to use a maple flavoring in the dough. Love it!

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4 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Maple flavoring is a fabulous idea!! :)

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5 Ericka April 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

These are AMAZING!!!

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6 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thank you, Ericka!

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7 Janine (sugarkissed.net) April 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

These are so funny! They look great!!

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8 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thank you, Janine!

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9 sweetsugarbelle April 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! These are so stinking cute! I LOVE this idea! Can you tell, my fingere is glued to the exclamation point!

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10 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 7:17 am

Thank you so much! :) You inspired me with those awesome tortilla chip cookies!!

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11 Sarah April 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

These are so creative and fun! Now, I need to find time to make them. If I add maple flavoring to the dough, do you think they would go with my homebrewed apple cider?

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12 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

Absolutely!

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13 Heidi April 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

Bacon is the ultimate food thus making these the ultimate killer cookie! I love them.

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14 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

Food of the Gods, I tell ya! Thanks for stopping by, Heidi :)

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15 Lois Kerr April 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

These are absolutely adorable (if you can use that word for bacon) This is definitely going to be on the table for my next family brunch. Thanks for the inspiration.

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16 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

Thanks, Lois!

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17 Pam B April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

These are too cute!!

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18 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

Thanks, Pam!

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19 mandy dunlap April 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

I’m in love again……Bacon! These will rock my fams world for Sunday breakfast! Thanks!

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20 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks, Mandy! :)

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21 Cynthia Rathunde April 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

This is awesome, we have a friend who loves bacon. Can’t wait to make some for him. Great tutorial, thx!

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22 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thanks, Cynthia! When you decide to make them, let me know if you have any questions going through the steps! I’m happy to help :)

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23 brendag April 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Those are amazing!!! who doesn’t love bacon in one form or another thanks for sharing with us

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24 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thanks so much!

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25 Sue {munchkin munchies} April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Out of this world INCREDIBLE!!! You must have been so excited when you saw these cookies taking shape! So innovative! I also love how you can shorten your blog name to NoMoYoCo:) Perfect!

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26 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Aww – thank you, Sue! I was beyond excited when I came up with the blog nickname – I’m a dork like that :)

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27 carlyn April 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

These are so cute!. My husband loves bacon I am going to have to make these. Thank you for sharing!

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28 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

You’re welcome, Carlyn! Of course, let me know if you have any questions if any of the steps are unclear! I’m always happy to help :)

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29 Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons April 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

These are awesome and very creative!! Love them!

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30 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Thanks, Jill!

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31 Sue {munchkin munchies} April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Oops, I meant NoYoMoCo! I had it mixed up:)

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32 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Haha – I didn’t even notice! :)

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33 Korann Bivans April 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

This is everything great in the world. Bacon & Cookies!!!! Love, Love, Love!!!!

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34 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Isn’t that the truth! :)

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35 Carrie's Creations April 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

LOVE these!!!

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36 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thanks so much, Carrie!

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37 Amanda April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Awesome! I’ll have to make these for my sister. Her love of bacon is kind of crazy considering for her birthday one of her friends bought her 5lbs of bacon…

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38 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

That is quite the birthday present! So glad you like them :)

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39 LaurieJ April 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Ohhh wow they look like real bacon, great job you did. Now melt some white chocolate and dip them in it. Love bacon dipped in white chocolate.

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40 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Thanks, Laurie!

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41 Frostine April 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I don’t know what to say but WOW! These are so awesome!

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42 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Thank you very much!

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43 Amy Lee April 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Those are too cute and what a cool idea!

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44 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Thanks so much, Amy! BTW – I noticed that you entered my Sweetstakes and you mentioned that you “liked” my Facebook page – make sure you leave an extra comment on the Sweetstakes blog post so you get two chances to win!

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45 Debbie April 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

This are awesome! They look so real…the black sugar is a crowning touch. They would be perfect for April Fools Day.

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46 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thanks so much, Debbie! You’re totally right – these would be great for April Fool’s! I’m a couple weeks too late :)

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47 Vicki Wright April 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

These are so cute! Thank you for sharing.

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48 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thank you, Vicki!

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49 Jan Roberts April 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm

We will be making these in Family and Consumer Science class. The kids will love them!

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50 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Awesome! Let me know if you have any questions :)

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51 Elaina April 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm

These are amazing! You never really find such manly cookies….my boyfriend would love them! :)

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52 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Haha – I guess they are pretty manly! My husband has definitely been enjoying bacon week, that’s for sure :)

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53 suzanne April 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

What a great idea! I can’t wait to see you make an egg with toast cookies to go with it. Thanks

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54 Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Haha – someday, Suzanne! Thanks for the comment :)

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55 Amy Lee April 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Oh o.k. Thanks for letting me know :)

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56 Kristina (paddle attachment) April 19, 2012 at 2:49 am

Jennifer! These cookies are really fantastic and I love the “pepper” edges. You have really done something here, maybe even topped real bacon (but don’t tell my husband)! Kristina

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57 Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 6:52 am

Thanks, Kristina! I had so much fun making them – I’m so excited that people like them!

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58 S Williamson April 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I make bacon candy (bacon, brown sugar, oven…you get it) and I wonder if you could actrually add bacon bits, or even candied bacon bits to the red dough? Would it taste funky or JUST funky enough to put htese over the top?

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59 Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Not a bad idea! Another reader suggested maple flavoring, which I think is a swell idea too. Or, you could serve them with my chocolate bacon cupcakes with Nutella frosting! http://notyourmommascookie.com/2012/04/chocolate-bacon-cupcakes-with-nutella-buttercream/

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60 kate April 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

DH would love this!

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61 Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks, Kate! :)

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62 Jeff S. April 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Splended! Love it…. Now to find the lettuce and tomato to make myself a B.L.T.! :-)

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63 Jennifer April 20, 2012 at 7:03 am

Thanks, Jeff! Sounds like a plan :)

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64 Stacey - Total City Girl April 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

This is hysterical! Love the idea!

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65 Jennifer April 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

Thank you, Stacey!

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66 katie April 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

Seriously, these cookies are amazing! I just shared them on my Facebook Fan page!

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67 Jennifer April 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

Aww – thank you, Katie! I appreciate it and I’m so glad you like them :)

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68 Eliam Sanman April 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

When I made the cookies, they spread out in the oven, and the bacon-ness was distorted. What kind of dough did you use? How can I avoid this?

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69 Jennifer April 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Hi Eliam – I’m sorry you had trouble! There was very little time inbetween slicing the cookies and putting them in the oven, so the dough was very cold. I believe that helps them keep their shape. I used a sugar cookie dough (this one). Also, if your dowels were larger, I imagine that could cause the dough to spread a bit more. I had some pooling of the dough between the dowels, but it didn’t really distort the cookie. Hope this information helps! Feel free to email me at jennifer@notyourmommascookie.com if you’re still having trouble. It can be hard to figure out what is happening over the internet, but I would try my best!

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70 Kayla April 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Okay so I realize that I’m totally blog-stalking you. Its true, I admit it. But I just featured these Bacon cookies in today’s Fave 5 – come grab a button! (Seriously, if you keep being this awesome I’m going to keep bothering you ;D ) http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/fave-5-2/

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71 Jennifer April 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Wow – thank you so much!! I’m totally flattered :) I don’t mind the blog stalking one bit!

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72 NANCY April 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I made these!!!! VERY CUTE! I had a small problem that maybe you can help me with. I used parchment paper and I sprayed it with Pam but the cookies stuck to the paper. What can I do to solve this problem? THANKS :)

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73 Jennifer April 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Hi, Nancy! I only used parchment paper, no Pam, and didn’t have any problems. A couple thoughts: was it definitely parchment paper? I know sometimes people accidentely use wax paper (I totally have before!). Also, I let the cookies cool completely before removing from the pan. I imagine if they weren’t totally cooled they may stick a bit. Maybe try it without the Pam? It could be the kind of cookie too – I used this one, which worked great! I hope this helps. If not, feel free to email me at jennifer@notyourmommascookie.com and I’ll try to help via email!

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74 marissa April 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

you are on a role friend these are amazing my sister is going to flip when I show them to her

marissa
http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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75 Jennifer April 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thanks so much, Marissa! :)

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76 Amy @ Living Locurto April 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I love these so much!

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77 Jennifer April 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Thanks so much, Amy! Love your site :)

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78 Atara April 30, 2012 at 12:18 am

Very cute, the whole production looks worth my while. My daughter will enjoy these. Thanks

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79 Jennifer April 30, 2012 at 6:33 am

Thanks, Atara!

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80 Meghan May 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

These are adorable!

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81 Jennifer May 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

Thank you, Meghan!

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82 Celeste June 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

So, I was mildly disappointed when I learned that these cookies only looked like bacon and did not actually have any bacon in them.

However, the cookies look fabulous and is a great piece of food art.

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83 Jennifer June 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

Hi Celeste! You could definitely add bacon bits to the cookie batter, or make a maple flavored cookie. I have a couple desserts with real bacon in the mix, like chocolate bacon bark or chocolate bacon cupcakes with Nutella buttercream!

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84 ATasteOfMadness June 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

These are great! What a creative cookie! I love this so much!

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85 Jennifer June 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

Thank you! :)

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86 ATasteOfMadness June 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Wow. I needed to come back here to tell you that last night, I dreamed of these cookies. I kid you not. I guess I was thinking about them so much. Now I NEED to make them

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87 Jennifer June 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Haha – I love it! They are pretty dreamy ;)

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88 Amanda Blain June 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Shared you on Google Plus today :)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/107982618909749811163/posts/8vnjUwz1Py8

Can’t wait to make this and totally subscribed up here :)

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89 Jennifer June 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

Thank you so much for sharing, Amanda! It means a lot to me :) Glad to hear that you’re sticking around!

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90 missyblurkit June 19, 2012 at 3:49 am

these look amazing…and very happy looking cookies too! gonna give them a try soon.

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91 Jennifer June 19, 2012 at 7:06 am

Thank you! I hope you like them :)

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92 Stacey June 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

These are fantastic! So creative…they look just like bacon. I’m with you on the pastry bag/ decorating drama. Halfway through, I’m always exhausted ;)

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93 Jennifer June 22, 2012 at 7:23 am

Thanks, Stacey! It is amazing how much my laziness influences my creativity :)

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94 Bruce July 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I made these and they were perfect! I also made some sunny-side-up egg shaped cookies to go with them for a complete breakfast looking treat! Next time, maybe I’ll try adding some hash brown or home fries looking cookie chunks on the side :-)

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95 Jennifer July 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

That sounds fabulous, Bruce! So glad you liked them :)

Home fries/hash browns would be the perfect touch!

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96 Kim July 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Making these for a Bacon party! Sure to through us over the top! Thank you!

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97 Jennifer July 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

So glad you like them, Kim! Hope they’re a hit!

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98 Cle August 15, 2012 at 2:08 am

G-R-E-A-T
Thank you for sharing this, I’M going to pair them with faux eggs (apricots and whipped cream)

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99 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

Great idea, Cle! :)

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100 Travis September 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

That looks Amazing

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101 Jennifer September 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Thanks so much, Travis!

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102 LT January 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

standing ovation for this

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103 Jennifer January 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thanks!

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104 Renee - Kudos Kitchen April 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

Ah ha ha! These are just too cute! Great job!

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105 Jennifer April 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thank you, Renee! :)

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106 Karen Sandler April 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Fantastic looking cookies. So cool.

Just a thought, but what about using the top part of a broiler pan instead of the dowels to “shape” the cookies. You’d still want the parchment paper, of course. You’d probably want to put them at slightly different angles and such to keep them from looking uniform. But I think it would work.

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107 Jennifer April 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hi Karen! So glad you like the cookies :)

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108 Lynn April 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

These are amazing! My daughter and I are going to make them this weekend. Found through ThinkGeek’s post on Facebook!

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109 Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

Awesome, Lynn! I hope you like them :)

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110 J M Filipowicz April 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Brilliant!

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111 Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

Many thanks!So glad you like them :)

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112 Fathom April 10, 2013 at 12:47 am

Kinda want to do these for a bake sale lol

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113 Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

They would be awesome for a bake sale!

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114 Toge April 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

x.x I’d make the red the main colour, these bacon are mostly Fat! D:
but they still look delicious x3

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115 Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

You could definitely change the color proportions! :)

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116 neeniejan April 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

this is awesome!! there has to be a way to even get the bacon flavor in them…gotta work on this!

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117 Jennifer April 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

Maybe a maple flavor emulsion? That might do the trick! :)

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118 Amanda June 4, 2013 at 4:28 am

Hey! Love these cookies!
How many times did it take you to get them to look like the ones in your picture?
Mine came out nicely but definitely not as nice as yours!

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119 Jennifer June 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

Hi Amanda! The cookies in the picture were my one and only batch, but I had a pretty good idea of how the process would work and I also kept a close eye on them in the oven. I’m so glad you like them!

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120 Dani June 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

Thought I would post my “experiment” that was inspired by your cookie and a co-worker who LOVES bacon. I used my own family sugar cookie recipe, but modified it. Used Maple Flavoring instead of almond/vanilla. Recipe called for 1 cup butter and one cup oil….used 1 cup butter (never substitute that!) and 1/4 cup cooled bacon grease with 3/4 cup crisco. I didn’t go oil as I didn’t want the cookies to spread too much. I then took just the cooked meat of the bacon (discarded the fat) and finely chopped it up. I added it to the deep red colored cookie dough. The rest, exactly as you did. My husband LOVES them! My cookies did spread, not a lot but they did…but they look amazing. Great right out of oven and cooled off. TY! Hope that helps any “Bacon” fans who wanted to know if added/tweaked bacon flavorings work…they do.

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121 Dani June 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

OH and I also kept a pan of bacon grease in the oven as I baked the cookies…did it help with flavoring? I don’t know but…why not?

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122 Jennifer June 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Awesome info, Dani! Thanks for sharing :)

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123 Masuda Nozomi July 11, 2013 at 1:24 am

Is it alright to place part of this in my personal web site if perhaps I submit a reference point to this website?

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124 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hi Masuda! I would love for you to link to my website :) Please do not copy and paste my recipe or the text of the post. If you would like to take a photo for use on your personal website and then link to my blog, that would be fine!

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125 Lisa January 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Did you soak the wooden dowels before you put them in the oven?

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126 Jennifer January 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Nope!

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