Earlier this week Elise brought home a bag of M&M’s from the grocery store. The intent of said bag of M&M’s was for one of her church groups. It was then that I decided that I needed my own bag of M&M’s. The first thing that came to mind was cookies!
If memory serves me correctly, the last time I made cookies was in 1984 with my mom. They were snickerdoodles and they were awesome (because my mom actually made them — I think I was there just to lick the spoon).
I immediately knew that the best place to turn for a good cookie recipe would be Anna’s Cookie Madness. There I found her Jumbo M&M Chip Cookies recipe. I halved the recipe, and since I didn’t have chocolate chips, I just used a cup and a half of M&M’s. They turned out crazy awesome — so much so that I decided I needed to modify, expand upon and create my own Bohemian version (I have no idea what that actually means, other than just making it my own recipe modification).
So I used Anna’s recipe again, except I added macadamia nuts, Heath bar chips and Blue Ribbon maple smoked bacon.
Candied Bacon Bohemian Monster Cookies
2 heaping cups all-purpose flour
â€¨1/2 teaspoon baking powder
â€¨1/2 teaspoon baking sodaâ€¨
1 healthy pinch kosher saltâ€¨
1.5 sticks cool, unsalted butter, cut up â€¨
3/4 cups granulated sugar â€¨
3/4 heaping cups brown sugar
â€¨1 large eggâ€¨
1/2 tablespoon vanillaâ€¨
1/2 crushed macadamia nuts (roasted & salted)
1/2 cup Heath English Toffee Bits
â€¨1/2 cup M&Ms
3 strips candied bacon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To candy the bacon, generously coat both sides of bacon strips with brown sugar. Place on baking rack atop a sheet pan (I lined my sheet pan with foil to catch drippings) and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow bacon to cool and chop into bacon bit sized pieces.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
Cream butter in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Beat in the sugar and brown sugar until creamy, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl, until well mixed. By hand or using lowest speed of mixer, gradually adding flour mixture. Stir in macadamia nuts, toffee bits, candied bacon and M&Ms.
â€¨Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets.
Yields about 14 cookies