So naturally, I wanted to ensure I make something attention grabbing and yummy, to encourage people to swap with me. My items of choice were these obscenely gluttunous chocolate chip bacon cookies. Yes...you heard right. Bacon.
The inspiration came from a fellow Foodbuzzer, Beth Michelle, who made these a couple of weeks back with much success. Her trick? Sprinkling the bacon with a healthy dose of brown sugar on both sides, and thus caramelizing it to a perfect sweet-salty bite.
Make sure you use good quality bacon because that's where the difference will lie. Try to go for organic if you can, or a reputable brand you trust (I used Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon). And follow the same rules for the dark chocolate - only the best. I used Ghirardelli jumbo dark chocolate chips, which did the trick.
The end result was a rustic looking (I arranged them too close on the baking sheet), thin-chewy treat with rich hints of sweetness and deeper accents of salt and smokiness. It was heaven - especially still warm from the oven.
I hope my fellow swapees receive them well! If you'd like to try these at home, here's the recipe from Beth Michelle.
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.