Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Cookies, Desserts

We all love Larry David, right? I’m just going to speak for everyone, and say yes, yes we all love Larry David. Now, have you seen his recent parking lot fiasco? He’s confused by the parking lot ticket machine, people are honking, someone has to get out of their car to assist him–the whole thing is just incredible. It made me recall my very own, real life Larry David encounter, and omg did it not disappoint. It was Curb Your Enthusaism in real life. IRL!!!


A few Christmases ago, I was on a flight from LA to Miami. I got off the ridiculously packed flight, headed down to baggage claim and waited–along with the rest of the gajillion people that were on my flight. We waited, and waited, and waited some more. We waited so long that my dad got sick of driving around in circles and finally parked the car to join me in this epically long wait. As we were all learning this horrible lesson in patience, I looked up and noticed this really tall man with bushy grey hair, a wrinkled blazer, faded jeans and a worn baseball cap standing directly in front of me. It was Larry David. And he was looking around looking really, really confused.

A small latin man approached him and told him in broken English that he was his driver. Larry nodded. The driver motioned for him to go to wait in the car. And Larry, in his famous awkward disposition, was like, “Ok, ok, well you’re gonna get my luggage then?” The driver nodded.

Larry wasn’t done. He continued, “Ok, ok, well it’s gonna be the black suitcase. But they’re all gonna be black, so you have to check the tag. It’ll be the black one. Make sure you check the tag.” The driver nodded, obviously having done this a million times. Larry left…only to return, I’m not kidding you, like a minute later. He asked, “Which one is your car? The black one? Which black one?” The driver proceeded to tell him which black car was his. Larry left. Again.

Ten minutes pass and we’re still waiting for our luggage. And then I see Larry walk up. He’s looking majorly stressed. He goes to the driver, “Hi, my luggage is going to be black and they’re all going to be black and I wasn’t smart enough to put a bow on it or a ribbon to distinguish it from the rest, so you just have to check the tag to make sure you get the right one. Okay?” The driver at this point is like, OMG chill out! So Larry leaves…for the third time.

We wait some more. And then…I see Larry. Oh Larry!!! HE’S BACK.

He approaches the driver (again) and says, “Listen, my luggage is important and it’s black and they’re all going to be black so you know what, just YOU go and wait in the car, I’ll grab my luggage. It makes the most sense.”

So the driver leaves and waits in the car…while Larry stands there waiting for his black luggage.


I honestly–and I’m not kidding you when I say this–feel really really lucky to have witnessed that. It was like an episode of Curb was happening right in front of me. It was just genius. I mean, the luggage being black, the cars being black, the language barrier–it was just too much. I was in heaven.

Okay, in more important news: cookies!

And not just any normal cookies but ones with peanut butter, roasted salted peanuts AND bacon. Whaaa?! And major bonus points: they’re gluten-free.

This recipe comes from Joy the Baker’s new cookbook. There’s a list of recipes I want to make. Guys, there’s a peanut butter and jam milkshake! And chocolate malt bread pudding. And bacon black pepper waffles! I could go on… And much like Joy’s blog, the introduction and headnotes are warm, charming, funny and entertaining. I recommend!

These cookies are some of the easiest/awesome cookies ever. There’s minimal ingredients–you might even have most of them in your pantry. They bake up in only 10 minutes, take 5 minutes to cool and exactly 30 seconds to consume.

I baked these up and had a few with a cup of afternoon coffee. It made the pile of work I have sitting on my desk a lil’ bit more enjoyable.

P.S. Like a moron I added 2 tablespoon of molasses, so they’re a little darker than they should be. I left the recipe below to read the appropriate 2 teaspoons.

P.P.S. If you accidentally add 2 tablespoons of molasses instead of 2 teaspoons, they’ll still taste great. OKAY BYE! ๐Ÿ™‚

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

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8 slices bacon
1 cup all-natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 teaspoons molasses
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
Generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup coarsley chopped roasted, salted peanuts

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place bacon slices in a single layer. Bake bacon until cooked through and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven (keep the oven on), let cool slightly, then transfer to paper towels to cool completely. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop the bacon and set aside.

Line a clean cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, 1 cup of the sugar, and the molasses until thoroughly combined, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, baking soda, and nutmeg and mix on medium speed for another 2 minutes.

Remove the paddle attachment and the bowl and use a wooden spoon to fold in the bacon and peanuts. Roll the dough into large walnut-sized balls and roll in the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Place on a lined cookie sheet, and use a fork to make that distinctive peanut butter cookie crisscross patter. If the cookie dough begins to stick to the fork, dip it in sugar before pressing into cookie. Dough will be a little crumbly just press together with your fingers as necessary.

Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will be crumbly and delicious. Cookies will last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe from The Joy the Baker Cookbook

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  • Reply Blog is the New Black April 18, 2012 at 2:08 am

    These sounds heavenly!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou April 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Do you think I can make those with turkey bacon or, even better, veggie bacon?

    • Reply Adrianna April 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Oh I’ve never tried veggie bacon, but don’t see why they wouldn’t work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Mira April 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Oh my, I just love the creativity! I want to put bacon in my cookies right away!

  • Reply The Chic Teach April 18, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Oh my gosh, that story had be laughing out loud! It’s nice to see celebrities in “real life” and see how they act. That couldn’t have been more spot on for him ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now as for these cookies, holy moly! I will trust anything Joy makes (and you make, for that matter!) so these are definitely going in my recipe stash.

  • Reply ileana April 18, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Love LD! I’d be pretty happy witnessing a Curb moment in real life, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Robyn April 18, 2012 at 5:53 am

    can totally picture larry meticulously adding a ribbon to his luggage based on this experience! hilarious!

  • Reply Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau April 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I am so jealous of your Larry David encounter. I could almost hear that Curb your Enthusiasm music playing in the background as I read your story.

  • Reply Kelly April 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Do you think you could sub honey or agave for the molassas?

  • Reply Margarita April 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

    That’s hilarious! Once in a lifetime opportunity! Bacon in cookies… Must try!

  • Reply Sarah April 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I love Joy’s cookbook. Those peanut butter cookies look delicious. I will have to make them!

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks April 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I love Joy’s cookbook! I read it like most people would read a novel, page by page ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I’ve seen this recipe and your cookies turned out beautifully!

  • Reply Emily @ She Makes and Bakes April 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

    That’s hilarious that he made the driver go wait in the car. So funny! Cookies look great!

  • Reply Amy April 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Wow – bacon and peanut butter!? Can it get any better? I want some now.

    mon amy

  • Reply channing [channingosity] April 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

    HA! The combo of Larry David and the ridiculously decadent bacon and peanut butter cookies together is too much. Absolutely over the top – love it. These cookies look amazing. But … what would they be like in pancake form!? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna April 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      In pancake form?! You’re being a lunatic. I LIKE IT!

  • Reply Leisa April 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Fantastic story! I have waited way too long many times at the baggage claim in Miami, and I wish I had been entertained by Larry David the way you were ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have been drooling over Joy’s new cookbook and can only imagine how tasty these are! YUM!

  • Reply Julia {The Roasted Root} April 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Peanut butter and bacon are two of my favorite foods – it just seems logical to put them together! Your cookies look perfect and I’d love to try one…or a handful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Amanda April 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Peanut butter, bacon, AND molasses!?!?!?! Yum!!

  • Reply Reformed Foodie April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Super jealous of your Larry David moment – amazeballs. These cookies look really yummy and I noticed that they’re not only Gluten Free but Dairy Free as well – bonus for me:) On my baking list.

    • Reply Adrianna April 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      No no. There’s an egg in there. Not dairy free!

      • Reply Kasia April 25, 2012 at 5:39 am

        Eggs are Dairy now?

  • Reply Liza in Ann Arbor April 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    What a brilliant idea, with all “salted-this, salted-that” mania. Why not just put bacon in a cookie? I love it!

  • Reply Erin April 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    What a wonderful cookie and a great cookbook!

  • Reply NicoleD April 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I saw this recipe, too and MUST make them. Seriously, did you play that quirky theme music in your mind as the whole thing went down? Must have, right? I can’t think of a better way to wait for luggage.

    • Reply Adrianna April 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      I wasn’t even mad we waited more than an hour for our luggage. I got a show for free!

  • Reply Laura Dembowski April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    These cookies look fabulous! Peanut butter and bacon. Is there a better sounding combination anywhere? I also think bacon is way underutilized in desserts.

  • Reply jamie {green beans & grapefruit} April 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Umm, amazing story. You must have been pretty close to hear all of that. I’ve seen him a few times driving in his prius- he lives near my family…funny funny.

    Oh and FABULOUS cookies!

  • Reply Sarah from 20something cupcakes April 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    You had me at the salted peanuts. Salted honey-roasted peanuts are the magical ingredient in my absolute favorite recipe for peanut butter and jelly cookies:

  • Reply Anna @ the shady pine April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Great story! And well these cookies are simply genius!

  • Reply Martha @ Weekend Doings April 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Very funny story about Larry David. The cookies look delicious; even though I don’ t eat bacon, I have a few people in my life that would appreciate these cookies.

  • Reply Jules April 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    OMG!!! Bacon in PB cookies are to die for!!! Next time you make these when you make the bacon press then in brown sugar and cinnamon and bake on a wire rack. When done, cool and chop up and then add to the PB cookies!!! Yumm YUM Yumm!!!!

  • Reply Nicole {Sweet Peony} April 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Oooh fun cookies! Love the craziness of p.b. & bacon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply brookeO April 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Yum! What a great idea!

  • Reply PollyDee April 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Seriously. Rocked it.
    I’m running to the store right now.

  • Reply Alison April 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Whaaaaat! These are like a birthday gift for me. Amazing.

  • Reply Hannah April 19, 2012 at 10:23 am


    These look amazing! Question though–I don’t have a mixer–do you think they would turn out ok if I just mixed by hand? Thanks!


  • Reply Kelly Hartman@frugalfoodiefamily April 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful (and spectacularly delicious) looking cookies! I can’t wait to try this recipe since I love, love, love your blog and Joy’s!

  • Reply Barb Bamber April 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I think you must be describing a show?? We don’t get that one here, I don’t think.. but your experience would have been hilarious! Love this recipe.. I’m going to have to find her cookbook for sure!!

  • Reply Christina April 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you so much for posting a gluten-free recipe! I’ve had major success adapting some of your recipes to be gluten-free, but this one just saves me the work ๐Ÿ™‚ Me and my boyfriend with celiac disease appreciate it!

    • Reply Adrianna April 20, 2012 at 1:25 am


  • Reply Javelin Warrior April 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I didn’t realize how MUCH I wanted bacon and peanut butter together in a cookie until I saw this post – that’s inspired and I LOVE the idea. The cookies look crisp and delicious. I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. As always, it’s a pleasure to be following your creationsโ€ฆ

  • Reply Felicia April 21, 2012 at 2:10 am

    How many cookies does this recipe yield?

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  • Reply Beth April 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

    These look amazing! I cannot wait to try.

  • Reply Alex May 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Just thought some of you might like to know, I just made these and they are SO easy, fast, and delicious! I made a few changes: I substituted 2 tsp corn syrup for molasses because I didn’t have any, and instead of bacon I used white chocolate chunks (1 Ghirardelli baking bar). I didn’t use the second 1/2 cup of sugar at the end, and after making the fork impressions in the cookies I sprinkled them with fleur de sel for a little salty kick. I got 15 good-sized cookies from the recipe.

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  • Reply Angela Price September 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Made 4 dozen for an event at our Akron Museum in Akron Iowa this evening. Hubby says they are very tasty.

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  • Reply Scott B October 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    How can this recipe have no flour? How do the cookies hold together, or have any body?

    • Reply Adrianna October 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      The cookies are held together by the egg. And the body or lift comes from the baking soda. These are, however, a pretty dense, crumbly cookie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I had to think of a cookie to make for my boyfriend’s baseball team, and really this cookie seemed like the “ultimate man cookie” and boy was it ever a success!

    I did get a little impatient though and ended up pan-frying the bacon, but otherwise everything worked out great! thanks for sharing your recipe (and story! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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      Hey! That’s awesome. They really are “dude cookies.” LOVE THIS!

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