I currently find myself in the lovely little hometown of my boyfriend, Los Gatos, California. It is a quaint little town with Christmas lights that twinkle down the quiet main street and glimpses of horse drawn carriages that tug along riders to a special holiday light show each evening in the park. I met some babies for the first time, kissed those babies, and then hastily passed them back to their new mothers. I’ve holiday shopped my heart out, but my nimble fingers have yet to complete the wrapping of a single gift. It will happen. There’s still time.
While I bide some time before I hitchhike back home with some friends of mine, I wanted to share this recipe for what I consider to be peanut butter blossoms 2.0. These are not your average Hershey Kiss plopped atop of a mound of cookie. These are the ultimate pairing of dark chocolate, peanut butter, toffee peanuts, and bacon. Yes, bacon.
These bacon toffee peanut butter cookies are serious cookies. They have leadership qualities. Like the Star-Lord in your galaxy of cookie recipes. Keep this in your arsenal and you will not only win the respect of your little rambunctious cousins, but also your office, the mailman, and the persnickety ladies in your mother’s cookie exchange.
This recipe could not be any more simple. One bowl and only five ingredients for the cookies. Yup, five. Toss them all in your bowl and beat until combine. Cookie dough ready.
While the cookies cool and make your house smell like childhood, prep the dippins’. Slowly melt your chocolate and shortening in the microwave, chop the toffee covered peanuts (honey roasted could work too), and crumble your bacon.
You’ll start feeling like the epicurean elf you are once you get this assembly line in full swing. This is a great time to call in for back-up. It may keep them from eating all of the bacon bits before they make it on the cookies.
These cookies will twinkle like the star on top of your precariously chosen Christmas tree.