Have you ever heard of bacon in cookies? It seems like a completely outrageous concept… but after lots of testing, I can say that these cookies are amazing and definitely worth a try this holiday season. For the 8th day of my #12DaysOfChristmas series, I give you my Maple Bacon Shortbread Cookies.
If you recall, a few posts back, I wrote out my grandma’s famous Shortbread Cookie recipe. This Maple Bacon Shortbread Cookies use the same base recipe, just with a little less sugar and more bacon 😛 These cookies feature two of my favourite local Vancouver Island products and they just so happen to compliment each other perfectly!
In this recipe, I use my favourite local bacon from Red Barn Markets. This bacon is always cut to the perfect thickness and has just the right amount of smoky and sweet flavour. I enjoy this bacon on just about anything, but I never thought to put it into cookies until I was developing my recipes a few months back. Just as I suspected, the bacon is great in this recipe!
Local Sea Salt
I also use a locally made handcrafted sea salt from SaltWest to really put these cookies over the edge. This salt is handcrafted in Sooke, BC from ocean water. SaltWest makes tons of different gourmet salts (and even bath salts) but this salt has to be my favourite. It is sweet and smoky salt compliments salmon dishes, BBQ meats, and of course bacon perfectly!
Try out this crazy concoction for the holiday season and surprise all your friends and family with how delicious (and Canadian!) these cookies are!
For the full recipe for my Maple Bacon Shortbread Cookies, click here!
Stay tuned for my 9th cookie recipe tomorrow as part of my #12DaysOfChristmas series! It’s going to be a great one! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!