Bacon Smack Cookies
- 3/4 pound thick-cut bacon
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 3 cups plus 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 teaspoons cream tartar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, (12 tablespoons), at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups coarsely crushed graham crackers
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup toffee bits, such as Heath
- 1 cup cranberries, dried
DirectionsPreheat the oven to 325. On a foil-lined baking sheet, bake the bacon in a single layer for 10 minutes, until cooked through.
Brush the bacon with 1/2 cup of the maple syrup, sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes, until caramelized and crisp.
Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain.
Pour the fat into a measuring cup and refrigerate until solid, at least 30 minutes.
Let the bacon cool completely, then coarsely chop.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the cream of tartar, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
Add enough butter to the chilled bacon fat to make 1 cup and transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle.
Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Beat in the eggs 1 at a time.
Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined.
Using a spatula, stir in the bacon, graham crackers, chocolate chips, toffee bits and cranberries.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough until chilled, at least 1 hour.
Scoop 1/4-cup mounds of dough onto 2 parchment paperlined baking sheets, about 3 inches apart.
Gently flatten the cookies and bake for about 18 minutes, until golden at the edges and set in the centers; rotate the sheets halfway through baking.
Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely while you bake the remaining cookies.