The Elvis Cookie

23 Jan

Elvis Cookies

One of the downfalls of having a sweet tooth and knowing how to bake is…having a sweet tooth and knowing how to bake.  Many times, if the urge hits, I’ll just take a look in my (usually stocked) baking cupboard and whip something up.  Last night I saw a commercial with chocolate chip cookies and lo and behold, 20 minutes later I was in the kitchen with my 3 1/2 year old helper, whipping up a batch of those divine Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies.  And now I have not been able to stop eating them.  I even brought some to work with the intention of handing them out and they never made it past my fingertips.  I try really hard to live by my mom’s rule that if the end product isn’t directly going to someone else, don’t make it.  Because you’ll eat it.  All of it.  But hey, we are in the middle of a polar vortex and I am comforting myself with cookies.  Don’t judge.  This cookie mash-up combines some absolute loves of mine, peanut butter, bananas and bacon.  So in a nod to “The King” Elvis Presley (who loved those items plus honey on a sandwich, which is killer), these were born out of our kitchen.

The Elvis Cookie (makes 2 dozen)

3 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 medium banana, mashed

1/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 egg

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat the butter on medium speed until creamy (2 minutes); add the sugars and beat for an additional 2 minutes

Mix in the peanut butter and egg until thoroughly combined

In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add dry ingredients into batter and continue to mix until combined

Fold in crumbled bacon and mashed banana

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours

Preheat oven to 375 degrees; shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 3 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Bake 9-10 minutes or until light brown; remove from oven and let cookies rest on sheets for one minute and then transfer to baking racks to cool completely

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4 Responses to “The Elvis Cookie”

  1. Mom January 23, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Great. It’s 8:35 am and all I can think about is a cookie; OK, maybe half a dozen cookies…

    Mom

    • parallelfoodiverse January 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Well they have bacon in them, so technically they could be breakfast cookies….

  2. Colleen McGrane January 25, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Love reading your blog! I forwarded this one to my daughter who is not only a huge Elvis fan, but eats peanut butter right out of the jar. And who doesn’t love bacon? We will definitely make these!

    • parallelfoodiverse January 25, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Awesome!! Thanks so much Colleen! Definitely “spread” the love (total PB pun intended).

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