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Bacon Fat Chocolate Chips Cookies

Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies |

I know, I know. I’m probably going to lose a lot of you with this one. But just hear me out, would ya?

It seems like we’re always on a quest to find a better chocolate chip cookie, right? Even if we think we’ve found the very best one, the idea of an even better best chocolate chip cookie recipe still intrigues us? We’re always wondering, could there really be more?

I’m not saying that these are the best. I still stand by my go-to favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. But these are certainly worth making. I try not to use the phrase “depth of flavor” pretty much ever, because… that would make it sound like I had some sort of fancy-schmancy culinary background. Which I don’t. But I have to say, in this case… the bacon fat really does add a real depth of flavor to these cookies. There’s really no other way to say it!

You’re only adding  a tablespoon of bacon fat, so it’s not overwhelming at all. But flavor is there. Subtle, but there. And it adds an extra saltiness that works really well with the chocolate.

Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies |

And listen… this can just be between you and me. You don’t have to tell your yogi friends that you’re dabbling in a bit of bacon fat baking. Nobody else needs to know why they can’t stop licking their fingers after each cookie…

Bacon Fat Chocolate Chips Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, cold*
  • 1 tbsp. bacon fat, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer: beat the butter, bacon fat, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy.
  3. Continue to beat while adding the eggs, one at a time, the vanilla, and sea salt.
  4. Add the flour and baking soda and mix until dough forms.
  5. Use a firm spatula to mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon the dough by rounded tablespoons onto parchment or silicon lined baking sheets. Bake for 8-9 minutes until just barely golden on the edges. Remove and let cool on baking sheets before removing to wire rack.

Notes about this Recipe:

*if you are mixing by hand, use softened butter, but you will need to chill the dough for 30 minutes after mixing.


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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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29 Responses to “Bacon Fat Chocolate Chips Cookies”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on April 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm (#)

    HOLY YOU-KNOW-WHAT. These are AMAZING! I totally agree-“depth of flavor” sounds so esteemed, but I can only imagine how tasty these cookies are with that delicious depth of flavor! I am SO trying this. OMG with peanut butter cookies. Or brownies! Omg, my diet is screwed.

  2. Amber C posted on April 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm (#)

    You didn’t lose me, you got my attention! Totally trying these soon!

  3. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm (#)

    Oh god. Bacon fat. Bacon fat makes everything better. I have a question though, and it may seem totally stupid but I’m kind of confused on the bacon fat thing- are we adding the liquidy, greasy melted fat that comes off bacon when it’s fried?

    • Ashton posted on April 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm (#)

      Yeah, that’s the stuff :) But add it after it gets to that solid point at room temperature.

  4. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm (#)

    Oh my oh my oh my. These are amazing!!! And no, you didn’t lose me, you had me hooked!

  5. PapaLos @ The Man, The Chef, The Dad posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm (#)

    Bacon fat? …in a chocolate chip cookie?

    *gets on knees and bows*

    I am not worthy! You’ve just won the freaking internet!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on April 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm (#)

    Oh em gee Ashton! Amazing!

  7. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on April 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm (#)

    WOW, Just WOW

  8. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on April 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm (#)

    I do believe bacon makes everything better – I bet these are amazing!!

  9. Heather @ French Press posted on April 30, 2013 at 12:31 am (#)

    okay…you had me at bacon. HOLY COW I need to have these cookies

  10. tanya posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:44 am (#)

    I love you for this cookies!!!! Bacon fat + chocolate = happy Tanya! I can’t wait to try this out on my family!

  11. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on April 30, 2013 at 8:35 am (#)

    Oh sweet heavens. This is crazy in the best way.

  12. Erin @ Making Memories posted on April 30, 2013 at 10:04 am (#)

    I have to admit, you did scare me a littel with the name. But I remember when I was a kid and my Mom used to cook with lard. It’s no different and food used to taste SO GOOD! There’s something about cooking with fat that changes the consistency of food. I bet these were wonderful!

  13. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on April 30, 2013 at 10:31 am (#)

    I’ve made cupcakes with bacon fat, both in the cupcake and the frosting and it was fantastic. Definitely not losing me with these cookies

  14. Erin posted on April 30, 2013 at 11:28 am (#)

    My boys have a strong belief that a little bacon can make anything taste better. I can’t wait to try out this recipe for them!

  15. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey posted on April 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm (#)

    I’ve seen chocolate chip cookies with bacon (still haven’t tried it), but I’ve never seen chocolate chip cookies with bacon fat! This intrigues me so much! So want to give this naughty recipe a try! Thank you!

  16. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm (#)

    You didn’t lose me! You made me a die hard fan of yours! These cookies look out of this world good.

  17. stephanie posted on April 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm (#)

    these look good! But bacon fat?! Hm… xx

  18. Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm (#)

    Yes! I am so trying these ASAP!

  19. Desiree posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm (#)

    These sound amazing. I must try them. I make a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie with bacon and they are good. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  20. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:41 am (#)

    I just recently tried my first bacon dessert, and I loved it. I’m totally with you on this, and I can’t wait to try these cookies.

  21. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on May 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm (#)

    OH my goodness!! I love everything about these cookies. Absolutely drool. In shock about how much I am drooling thinking about them!! I want! I want!

  22. Sherri posted on May 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm (#)

    I just tried the Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies but I didn’t have enough bacon fat. Sooo, I cut the fat off the 4 strips of bacon I fried and chopped the bacon and put that into the cookies. Yep, ummmm!

  23. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on May 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm (#)

    You had me at bacon fat. These cookies sound AMAZING!

  24. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm (#)

    Bacon, bacon fat – whatever! All things coming from bacon makes LIFE better! My Dad’s secret to his famous French Toast is he cooks it over bacon fat. I’ve eaten a lot of French toast in my life and nothing compares to my Dad’s recipe. Can’t wait to try these cookies!! (Oh and I added you to my Bloglovin’ feed. I don’t blogger stalk you nearly enough :) )

  25. Mags Carr posted on May 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm (#)

    Add molasses. Trust me.

  26. Shelby posted on August 17, 2013 at 8:25 am (#)

    I made these a few weeks ago and they were great! My husband has declared them his favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe yet!


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