Category Archives: baking

Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon seems to be all the rage right now. Its celebrity status is almost equal to the Deep Frying rage of the early 2000s. Pigs everywhere are running to the hills…

I recently stepped into the Bacon popularity and made a bacon lovin’ friend some cookies.  Chocolate chip BACON cookies.  Surprisingly, they turned out fairly good.  It definitely is a different flavor but not a bad one.

How to make Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temp
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple extract
1/3 cup chopped COOKED bacon
1 cup BITTERSWEET chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  
2. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt – set aside
3. Beat together the brown sugar, white sugar, butter with an electric mixer
4. Add the eggs one at a time and add the maple and vanilla extract
5. Stir in flour mixture until it is just combined. 
6. Add the bacon and chocolate chips
7. Bake between 10-12 (I found 11 minutes did the best)
(recipe from all recipes.com)

Give it a try and let me know what you think. I would love to see pictures as well! 
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Peach Cobbler in a Mason jar

I am in love with Mason jars.  I have an odd obsession with them.  Their look is clean and simple and there is a variety of way to use them other than jamming.  I am currently using them as drinking glasses for grown-ups only.

Yesterday I was able to combine my love of Mason jars with my love of cobbler.  I found a recipe on two different blogs of how to make a pie in a mason jar….here are the blogs….Rainy Day Farm and Life With Little Ones

I had plenty of Mason jars and an upcoming BBQ so this was the perfect opportunity to make these pies.  I ran a test batch the day before the BBQ and I am very glad I did. 

If you go to each of the blogs mention above you will notice they use the small variety of mason jars.  I did not have any of these on hand.  I figured “No big deal, I will make more filing.”  Well, I was wrong.  The crust came out great but after baking the pies the filling shrinks and sinks to the bottom leaving A LOT of room and dry crust on the top….

Here is the finished product of my first round-

Can you peer inside?  It is pretty hollow

The next day I had an epiphany.  I would make these pies into cobblers.  It worked perfectly and I actually prefer cobbler to pie.

They were a hit at the BBQ and I now have a great recipe!

Now here is what I did….
I used the pie crust from Rainy Day Farm for the majority of the jars.  The other recipe I used was from the old school Betty Crocker cookbook

Small Shortcake:
1 cup flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp shortening
                                                           1/2 cup milk (sweetened condensed milk works too)
Knead lightly and then smush it to the sides of the mason jar….Makes sure it is a WIDE MOUTH Mason jar.  Don’t put too much dough on the sides.
The filling (also from Betty Crocker)
Mix together in a saucepan: 1 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cornstarch
Stir in gradually 1 cup boiling water
Boil 1 minute stirring constantly
Add 3 cups fruit with any juice on them 
Spoon the mixture into each jar.  Fill it almost to the top.  Use the left over dough to make a crumble crust on top. 
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes… In hindsight I would have raised the temperature to 400 and lessen the cooking time.
Finally, the best thing about this concoction is the freezing aspect.  Instead of baking immediately, make everything as instructed and seal it with the jar lid. Place it in the freezer so that you can have some homemade goodness later!
Make it and tell me what you think!