We love bacon at our house! We like it with eggs, we like it with pancakes, we like it on our BLT sandwiches, we like it on our brownies, we like it on our….. Wait! Hold the phone! Rewind! What did I just type? We like bacon with our brownies? Up until today I would have never thought I would like bacon brownies. But let me start from the beginning.
I grew up a small white girl on a farm in the midwest… Wait. Maybe not that far back. Let’s start again. Just a couple of days ago I was on Twitter, minding my own business, trying to think of something clever to tweet, when a tweet from none other than Ms @bettycrocker popped up. Betty was telling me she had a great recipe for bacon brownies. I checked the date and it wasn’t April 1. Was Betty playing a cruel joke on the Twitter-verse? Was she really suggesting I load up my brownies with bacon?
I clicked on the recipe and, sure enough, there it was: the recipe for Bacon Brownies. I didn’t really give it another thought until yesterday when I was at the grocery story buying the groceries for our Father’s Day brunch and I saw a package of Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix. Feeling adventurous, I bought the mix and a pound of bacon!
The recipe was quick to put together. A package of cookie mix, oil, egg, chopped peanuts, chocolate chips and chopped crisp cooked bacon! My advice is to get a good quality bacon so the bacon flavor really comes through the peanuts and sugar in the mix. I often cook my bacon in the oven on parchment paper at 350 degrees. The bacon cooks perfectly and there is no mess to clean up.
I also used real maple syrup rather than the maple “flavored” syrup called for in the recipe. Betty also says to use a 8 or 9 inch square pan. I used a 9 inch pan because that’s what I had. When it came time to add the chocolate chips for frosting, I did exactly as Betty said to, and I put the chips on top of the hot brownies and popped them back in the oven for one minute. The chocolate chips spread easily with an offset spatula and made a nice rich frosting. I added the remaining crumbled bacon and let the whole concoction cool! Ninety minutes later we were ready to taste.
The bars were surprisingly good given the odd combination. Salty, smokey, peanuty, chocolate goodness! They were perfect with a good cup of coffee. I think I’ll make them again next Tuesday morning and take them with me when I go play bingo with the girls. Since these brownies have bacon in them, I think it would be perfectly proper to serve them at 10am, dontacha think?;)