Bacon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

I’m no stranger to the whole bacon in cookies sitch. I love that sweet salty combination like it’s nobody’s business.  But why limit ourselves to just peanut butter bacon cookies? Let’s go ahead and add it to my favorite cookie of ALL time (besides ginger molasses cookies). I present to you BACON Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Let me tell you, these cookies are magical. The promise of one cookie makes my three year old eat ALL of his fruits & vegetables at dinner time.  And after eating three cookies for dessert, my husband gives me the “I love you soooooo much” look that I always hope to see when I make special treats. Good deal.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Did I mention that these beauties are considered breakfast cookies? Think hearty oatmeal & raisins mixed with a crispy cookie/scone. Bacon is added cuz it’s always so hard to figure out if you want a sweet or savory breakfast! It’s an all encompassing cookie and it’s gonna get me into SOOOOOOO much trouble.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering time! Make your bacon first! Your house smells like bacon now. Great.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Sugars + Butter.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Egg addition. One at a time. Add the vanilla and let that mixer go TO TOWN.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Get your dry ingredients ready. Drink some water while you’re doing it. What is that cup doing there?

TRACY!

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Look at how nice and fluffy it is!

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Dry ingredients meet wet ingredients.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Bacon chopping time. Taste some. Yes. Perfect.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Add the oats, raisins & bacon to the mixer. Do a little mixing. Just a little. Incorporate that shiz!

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Now scoop out your dough onto two parchment lined baking sheets.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Like this…times two.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Bake until edges are brown. Let it cool….or eat one directly out of the oven like me. We’re smart.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Serve them up!

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Eat them up! Share them, hoard them, and go nuts. Bacon in cookies are your new best friend.

Bacon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

makes 24

(recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit)

  • 8 oz. bacon
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper & set aside. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium low heat, until deep golden brown & crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer bacon to paper towel and let cool. Chop bacon into 1/4 inch bits and set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt & baking soda in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together, occasionally scraping down sides for 2-3 minutes. Add one egg at a time and mix well in between additions. Add the vanilla and mix on medium speed until pale, light & fluffy, 4-5 minutes.  Mix in dry ingredients.

Fold bacon, oats and raisins into the batter and stir until evenly incorporated. Using a small ice cream scoop, measure and form dough into balls and scoop batter onto prepared sheets at least 2″ apart. Chill dough for an hour or cover and chill overnight.

Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake cookies, rotating pans halfway through, until edges are light golden and centers are slightly soft about 13-15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.

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  • March 14, 2012

    O.M.G.

    And I have EVERY INGREDIENT! And dinner guests tomorrow night. What’s going to stop me from making these tomorrow? NOTHING!

  • March 14, 2012

    Also, Tracy, I’ve been bakin’ our bacon to avoid mess lately, and it works wonderfully. Have you tried?

    • March 14, 2012

      Tracy taught me how to bake bacon in the oven at Homefries U…so she’s definitely a pro. And there may have been some brown sugar involved…yum! It’s how I always cook my bacon now.

      • March 14, 2012

        Becky!!! HEY YOU! So glad that recipe has carried over into your everyday! I reuse that jar of jam you gave me all the time. After like 40+ washings in the dishwasher, the label finally came off. Well… I actually didn’t want it off. I liked having it there cuz it reminded me of you and Homefries. Hope you’re well!

  • March 14, 2012

    Love the addition of bacon!

  • March 14, 2012

    I love all of these things! Can’t believe I’ve never thought of combining them before.

  • Val
    March 14, 2012

    Holy cow, this is! I must admit I just got finished putting on my running shoes to crank out 3 miles for my AM run. But now I have a little grocery list in my pocket with the ingredients for these darlings! And yes, I will be running to the grocery store just so I can run back home and throw these in the oven!

    • Val
      March 14, 2012

      I meant to say Holy Cow, this is amazing!

  • March 14, 2012

    Oatmeal raisin cookies are also my fave! Whatever, chocolate chip.
    I’ll have to try out this recipe.

  • Even though I’m way not into bacon, I bet these smell ridiculous when they’re in the oven. Sweet and salty say what??

  • March 14, 2012

    I am totally down with this recipe. What are your thoughts on an oatmeal chocolate chip bacon cookie? Looks amazing! I want my husband to give me that look!

  • March 14, 2012

    dang, girl! I like the way you thing.
    Do I spy unsalted butter there too…just for baking I bet?!

  • jenny
    March 14, 2012

    I believe I just saw the heavens open and heard a chorus of angels singing about these cookies. WOW. p.s. do you know what size ice cream scoop you used, inches-wise?

  • March 14, 2012

    Wow. Love the addition of bacon to these traditional favorites.

  • Kasey
    March 14, 2012

    These look awesome! I have some dried blueberries I might try in place of the raisins.

  • March 14, 2012

    Oooo…I like magic cookies! I bet the crispy bacon is a nice texture with the chewy oatmeal. Yum!

  • Amanda
    March 14, 2012

    omg YUM… seriously, why haven’t I thought of this before?! You are a smarty pants Benjamin.

  • March 14, 2012

    Holy cow! This looks amazing. I have had a craving for an entire day of baking. I am pretty sure these will be on the list!

  • March 14, 2012

    Holy wow! I wonder how it would be to replace some of the butter with the bacon fat? Eh?

  • March 14, 2012

    I loved these at the title…and then you called them breakfast, and I loved them (and you!) just a little more.

  • March 14, 2012

    One of my best friends is a baconholic but she can’t seem to get into the bacon + dessert thing. This makes me sad. (says the vegetarian)

  • March 15, 2012

    These cookies look so effing delicious. And I love that your family loved them so much too! And I have the hardest time deciding whether I want sweet or savory breakfast so thanks for making it so easy!

  • March 15, 2012

    my knees just gone weak… bacon + cookies?!!! omg!!!!!

  • Yes, yes, and yes. I am totally going to make a man fall in love with me by making these cookies.

  • March 16, 2012

    So which is better in your opnion, Peanut butter bacon cookies or oatmeal raisin bacon?
    I was thinking of making the peanut butter ones for a party tomorrow, until I saw this. Now I’m conflicted!

  • March 16, 2012

    I will now be adding bacon to every cookie recipe I have, because really, WHY NOT! I love bacon thank you for inspiring me! :0)

  • March 17, 2012

    What about a bacon snickerdoodle? I’m going to try that. Shutterbean = inspiration :)
    Take care..

    • March 18, 2012

      Let me know how that goes!

  • April 10, 2012

    these look so insanely good – have to try them!

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