Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

peanut butter bacon cookies

Yes you read that correctly. BACON! These cookies were a birthday treat for my precious bacon-loving friend, Whitney. They were a hit at her pre-birthday tapas celebration last week! Six of us ladies scarfed them down for dessert. Ca-caw!

The recipe comes from my best baking friend, Joy! She's my go-to person when I want to bake something sweet and different! I love her. I love bacon. I love peanut butter. I love super easy recipes. So it's a match made in heaven!

Let's talk about how IN-CRED-IBLE these cookies are! The salty sweet combo is WICKED! They are chewy because of the brown sugar, crispy because of the bacon, and crunchy because of the light sugar coating!  My mouth waters as I type this...I really wish I saved a secret stash of them. If you are a bacon lover, this recipe will not disappoint. I'm pretty sure Elvis would have been tickled for a tray full of these! 

Let's get started!

You have to fry some bacon first!

Set cooked bacon on a paper towel to cool. Then chop the bacon into little pieces. Set aside.


Get your sugars & peanut butter together. Whip it up with a mixer. So easy.

sugars & pb

Add an egg and the baking powder to the peanut butter and sugar. Mix mix mix.

pb egg powder

Cue the BACON! Mix that in now.

and bacon steps into the fram

Shape dough into little balls. The dough is really fun to work with!

rolling it in sugar

Roll the dough balls in sugar. I give you permission to taste ONE.

i wish this was a donut

Smoosh with a fork. Make a crisscross pattern.

fork smoosh

Off to the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

into the oven

Here they are out of the oven! Let them cool a little bit before diving in.

out of the oven!

Plate those babies up!

oh yes i did

I bet you can't just eat one!

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Makes about 24 cookies

(Recipe via JoytheBaker who adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook)

  • 1 cup all-natural chunky or smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • about 6 slices of bacon, cooked, cooled and diced

In a skillet over medium high heat, fry up bacon until cooked through and let cool on paper towels until cool enough to dice. Dice up and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment & set aside. In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Fold in cooked bacon. Roll into large walnut sized balls and create a criss-cross pattern with a fork. If you’d like, roll the dough balls in granulated sugar before making the criss-cross pattern. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a baking sheet for five minutes, then transfer to… your mouth.

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  • May 23, 2010


    I'm making these tomorrow. I'm not sure I'll be able to try only one before baking, though...

  • May 23, 2010

    oh. heck. yes.

    • May 24, 2010

      you are the bestest! my thighs thank you!

  • Celestine
    May 24, 2010

    No flour???? Interesting.

    • May 24, 2010

      yup! totally gluten free :)

  • May 24, 2010

    These look great! I keep seeing sweet recipes with bacon, but haven't tried any yet. This looks like the one to try! Thanks for posting.

  • stacey
    May 24, 2010

    totally, totally making this today. since, you know, it's snowing. i think i deserve it. :)

  • Yazmena
    May 24, 2010

    I'm making this tomorrow and I'm not sharing...well maybe I'll give a bite or two to my daughter. Yummy!

  • May 24, 2010

    Amazing. I have so many friends who would love these!

  • I'm not sure I can fathom such a combination of flavors. Everything is better with peanut butter and everything is better with bacon. What a fun idea!


    • May 24, 2010

      then this will blow your mind! :)

  • May 24, 2010

    Best. Birthday. Cookies. EVER! :)

    • May 24, 2010

      yay!!! now what are you gonna make me on my bday? ;) xoxox!

  • May 24, 2010

    K, peanut butter is on the shopping list tomorrow.

  • May 25, 2010

    These look SO good. It's seriously all I can do to not run downstairs for a snack. MUST. BE. GOOD.


  • Andrea Mohn
    May 25, 2010

    OMG! These look like Heaven in cookie form! My mouth is watering...

  • May 25, 2010

    You might as well get those ready to send this way, thanks!

  • May 26, 2010

    I've saved this to my recipe file and will be making these. The salty sweet combination sounds wonderful...just have never tried bacon in my cookies! Great image of these cookies stacked...they look so tasty. Congrats on the Top 9!

  • Cara
    May 26, 2010

    No flour?

  • May 26, 2010

    I was drooling just reading the recipe, even though I don't eat bacon. I wish I had this recipe couple of week ago. One of my Bacon fan friend had birthday and I made him bacon candy, he would have loved these cookies.

  • May 26, 2010

    I can't wait to try this. I'm going to go get bacon as soon as I can :D

  • May 26, 2010

    I died and went to heaven!!!!!

  • May 26, 2010

    Wow, these look amazing!!!

  • May 26, 2010

    Ooh, a PB & bacon cookie that is gluten-free? Count me in! I have a gluten-free friend who I will get to be my taste-tester but I'm sure I won't have a hurt time selling her on these. My BF just finished making his first homemade bacon and I think it would be perfect for this recipe. Thanks so much for the post!

  • These terrify!!!!!!

  • Lizzie
    June 1, 2010

    I think it was Joy The Baker who got me on to flourless peanut butter cookies. A good thing. Adding bacon to what appears to be just about the same recipe is positively inspiring. I usually add some vanilla, but probably won't with the bacon, but will add a pinch of cayenne pepper "just because."

    • June 1, 2010

      ooh that sounds intriguing! i bet some chocolate chips would be good up in there too!

      • Lizzie
        June 1, 2010

        Bring 'em on!! Teensy hint -- let these cookies cool completely before plating (or devouring) as they are very delicate being flourless.

        • June 1, 2010

          yup yup. learned that the hard way :)

          • Lizzie
            June 1, 2010

            these cookies -- with or without bacon or choc chips -- are best served after "watercress sandwiches and ginger tea on the veranda" -- they do not travel well.

  • June 2, 2010

    I just printed the recipe off so i can make these this week! Also i am definitely going to spread the news about these on my blog.

    • June 2, 2010

      ooh awesome! thanks for the shoutout! and i cant wait for you to weigh in our your thoughts!!! :)

  • Pam
    June 10, 2010

    These cookies are beyond fabulous! And I certify that they're better than money if you should find yourself in a position where a small bribe is in order. In addition, if you're new in town and have received your first party invitation, take my advice. Bring along a double batch of Peanut Butter and Bacon Cookies, and you'll never be lonely. For the rest of your life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe!

    • June 11, 2010

      hahaha!! you know what you're talking about! I'm so glad you tried the recipe, that makes me soooo happy!

  • Jobin Thomas
    June 16, 2010

    I suggested your website to one of my bosses and she made these on Monday! They were AMAZING!! Thanks for the recipe. It's Wednesday and I am still saving the last one.


  • July 19, 2010

    Oh my gosh, I love your blog! :) I just stumbled upon it, but I've got to try these cookies!

  • Kasi
    September 13, 2010

    I want to go to there.

    • September 13, 2010

      Liz Lemon would approve times 1000.

      • Jobin Thomas
        September 13, 2010

        Omg yes! 30 ROCK ref.. always love it..

  • Jamie
    September 24, 2010

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!! I made these for my boyfriend and he was in heaven.

  • Lucy
    December 6, 2010

    I don't see the yield amount anywhere.. approx. how many cookies does this recipe make??

  • December 10, 2010

    I am so adding chocolate chips to these. And making them for my fiance--- oh who am I kidding. I'm gonna make these for me and MAYBE let him have one!

  • gwen
    December 19, 2010

    i made these for a cookie exchange, they were a hit!
    thanks again for another recipe that makes me look rad!

    • December 21, 2010

      you ARE rad. Thanks for trying it gwen!!!

  • Lee
    January 17, 2011

    I am making these for the first time for my wife. There awesome. and the raw dough is even better!

  • Elisabeth
    February 6, 2011

    I have been waiting to make these and today is the day! I just pulled my first batch out of the oven and transgress a few before remembering to left them cool completely. I was going to eat those ones anyway! ;) my kids and hubby (the skeptic) love them! Now to get them to the party for everyone else's reaction. Thanks so much for the terrific recipe!

  • February 12, 2011

    These are SO YUMMY! Glad I decided to double the recipe! :)

  • February 25, 2011

    I made these last night and I only have 1 word... Delicous! One question, I used pancetta and they came out quite greasy, is this how they are meant to be or should I have used standard bacon?

    I am making my way down your list of cookie recipes, the oatmeal and raisin ones were a real success!

    • February 25, 2011

      oooh intriguing! Did you blot them with paper towels after cooking them? I let my bacon sit out for a bit and absorb the oil. That might help! Thanks for the reminder about those oatmeal raisin! I hafta make them soon!

      • March 20, 2012

        I made these with bacon exactly as the recipe called for and mine were incredibly greasy to the point where I couldn't eat them because I could only taste the grease. I blotted them with paper towels and let them sit for a while. I don't know what I did wrong! Maybe my bacon was too fatty?

        • March 20, 2012

          Curious! Did you cook them until they were crispy? If they weren't crispy then the fat would most likely keep rendering while you were baking them. You also really need to let them sit on paper towels for awhile so all the grease comes off. That shouldn't be happening!

      • March 20, 2012

        They were definitely crispy and I let them sit for about 30 minutes on paper towels. Maybe next time I'll just cut off the majority of the fat before cooking them.

  • Michele
    March 9, 2011

    My fiance found these and asked if I was up for it. I just recently started baking, he cooks and I guess I bake now. The other day I made cherry coke cupcakes that turned out delicious ( ). SO of course he found more weird things to make. These are amazing and I can't wait for my fiance to come home from work to try them.

  • Tiff-a-knee
    March 26, 2011

    OMG I want these in my mouth STAT!!

    I must make these today!!!

    Tally ho!

  • Barb in Louisiana
    June 23, 2011

    Hi - just baked these for my boys. The results? We are in love. Thanks so much - at first, they made that face, "what, bacon? In a cookie?" But they have come to trust me when it comes to goodies, so they tried one and both really liked it. My 13 yr. old has been back for seconds. I love peanut butter cookies and never make them because my husband doesn't like them. Which is weird, but it's a treat for me. Thanks again.

  • August 20, 2011

    I'm totes making these now - with some added chopped roasted peanuts. Oh my!

  • Kate H
    August 30, 2011

    I just made my first batch of these cookies - I'm cooling my second tray as I type this - and they are AMAZING. Mine don't look nearly as pretty as yours (I blame the reduced-fat peanut butter - lesson learned), but I don't think the first tray is going to survive much longer. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  • Danelle
    October 12, 2011

    LOL, my dog is slobberling all over my kitchen floor. Her two favortie things- peanut butter and bacon! My husband will love these for hunting season trips! I made mine with extra crunchy PNB - not recommended- makes it hard to shape in balls with all the little peaunts . Very good cookies tho- never mind the grease and fat content! :o)

    • October 12, 2011

      glad you love them too!! Even the dog! ha!

  • patty
    October 12, 2011

    people always think i am crazy because i love peanut butter and bacon sandwiches .
    i told them the other day i wanted to try and make p b b cookies .I thought i would be the first one to ever try them . but here they are . i amso going to make them . i will use splenda since i am diabetic .
    thank you for sharing..

    • October 13, 2011

      Let me know how it goes with the splenda. I'm curious!! PB & Bacon sandwich sounds SUPER btw.

  • December 4, 2011

    These look awesome! I've cooked with bacon before (cupcakes) and they were absolutely amazing! I love the look on people's faces when you say its bacon, and then make them eat one and watch the shock turn into joy.

    My favorite pizza is at a place called Randy's Wooster Street Pizza in CT, it's called Skippy's Dare - peanut butter, bacon, and provolone. SO good!

    I'm probably going to make these with regular peanut butter, but I felt I should tell you (in case you don't already know about it) that there's an awesome peanut butter company called Peanut Butter Co. and they have a bunch of different flavors including Maple Peanut Butter. That might be an interesting combination.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • December 4, 2011

      YES! I've had their pb before. it's super good. Also that pizza sounds crazy! but in a good way.

  • February 1, 2012

    Need to try these!

  • Sue
    March 6, 2012

    Going home and making these and adding chocolate chips, for the win.

  • Aubrey
    March 20, 2012

    I've been looking at these for a while now, debating if it was worth the effort (and bacon!) to try. Well....I tried them today and they. are. amazing. The best pb cookies I've ever tasted! Thank you Tracy! (and by extension Joy the Baker!)

  • Lauren
    October 4, 2012

    Just made these for my bacon-peanut butter loving friend ( who also has a dairy allergy!) they were perfect for him and so yummy!!!

  • Nathan
    December 12, 2012

    This recipe sounded awesome and I appreciate the helpful photo guide too. I tried them today, and they seemed tasty, but there is a strange, almost bitter aftertaste. I can't figure out what caused it. I guess bitter is the right word. It's "something," hard to pinpoint what.

    The bacon was smoked. Would that have an effect? Also, it's the first time I've made flourless cookies. Does flour change the flavor or is it just a matter of consistency?

    Thanks for any input!

    • Tracy
      December 12, 2012

      weird! what kind of peanut butter did you use?

  • Sabrina
    February 3, 2013

    Ive actually used a variation of this recipe before, but without the bacon. As a child it's easy to make cuz all you had to rember was 1. 1 cup of pb, 1 cup of sug, and 1 egg. And since I love bacon, I might just try these tomorrow for game day!

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