Maple Bacon Pecan Cookies

Christmas is only one week away! Are you ready? It's that time of year to start making piles of cookies and prepping for your Christmas meal. Personally, I love making rolled sugar cookies because it's a chance for our son and I to decorate and have fun together. But I also love unique cookies that stand out from the crowd. If you're the same.... this next recipe is just for you!

Maple Bacon Pecan Cookies Yield: 32 cookies 2 1/2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 16 Tablespoons butter, room temperature 3/4 cup maple syrup 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 10 slices cooled, candied bacon, chopped (recipe below) 3/4 cup pecan halves, shopped 1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. 2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and maple syrup together. 3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg. 4. Mix in the vanilla extract. 5. Slowly add in 3/4 of the flour mixture. Before it fully incorporates, add in the bacon and pecans halves along with the last 1/4 of the flour mixture. 6. Mix until incorporated. Then cover dough and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. 7. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prep baking sheets with Silpat sheets or parchment paper. 8. Measure each dough ball out to be about 1 rounded tablespoon. You'll get 32 cookies in all. 9. Place dough balls on baking sheets, with about 2 inches between each one. (Work in batches depending on how big your sheet pan is and many cookies you can fit on your baking sheets.) 10. Bake cookies for 17 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. *Before placing another batch in the oven, make sure your cookie sheets are cooled! Candied Bacon 1 pound of bacon (not thick-cut) 1/3 cup brown sugar 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees oven. Place a greased baking rack on a deep baking pan (so the dripping bacon fat has somewhere to go). 2. Place bacon in one even layer on the baking rack. Evenly spread and rub brown sugar onto bacon. 3. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes until cooked and starting to crisp. 4. Remove bacon from rack and place on a cutting board to cool. #bacon #cookie #recipe #maple #dessert #christmas #pecan #bake #baking #food #foodie #yum #makeitdelicious #creative

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