One of the simple pleasures in life for me is peanut butter. I, personally, am a Jif guy, but if I'm trying to be healthy, I'll choose Adam's. And, I usually go with crunchy. I practically grew up on peanut butter sandwiches. A good peanut butter sandwich was the one and only thing about the States I missed during our month in Vienna this past summer. Here's my list, and in no particular order, of favorite peanut butter sandwiches.
- Peanut butter with spun honey (Spun is better.)
- Peanut butter with red or purple jelly (Grape is first, and raspberry is a close second.)
- Peanut butter with dill pickle (I read about it in a book as a kid, tried it, and loved it.)
- Peanut butter with marshmallow cream (I've heard that back east it's called a fluffernutter.)
- Peanut butter with chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, white chocolate, whatever)
- Peanut butter with potato chips (salty and crunchy)
- Peanut butter with banana (Elvis knew what he was doing.)
Why am I writing about peanut butter? Well, recently I heard about someone making peanut butter and bacon cookies. Really? Peanut butter and bacon together? Two flavors that I love? In my opinion, pure genius! I had to give it a try. I took my favorite and extremely easy peanut butter cookie recipe and added diced cooked bacon. And, it worked! First, you taste the peanut butter. Then, you hit a chewy little piece of bacon. As you chew the bacon, both flavors combine into absolute yumminess.
Seriously, give this recipe a try. If you still can't get past the idea of meat in cookies, just leave the bacon out. This is still a great peanut butter cookie!
*Sidenote* I'm sure that some of you who know me are thinking, "Isn't Curtis a flexitarian and doesn't he avoid sugar?" Well yes, that's true. Sugar is only for special occasions, and I try to eat meat only sparingly. But once in a while, you come across a recipe like this, and you've got to give it a try.
The ones with chocolate–no bacon.
The ones without chocolate–with bacon.
Peanut Butter and Bacon Cookies
(If you can't handle it, just leave the bacon out. They're still great.)
- 1 cup peanut butter (creamy, chunky, healthy, whatever)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 6 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces
Bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned and slightly puffed. Immediately top, if desired, with a few chocolate chips. Once chocolate melts, spread with a knife. On wire rack, cool completely before removing from baking sheets.