Maple Bacon Cookies : {Oatmeal}

IMG_4289One of my favorite donut combos is maple and bacon, and I love any desserts that are salty and sweet.  A local donut shop called the Donuttery has a maple bacon donut that is out of this world.  I wanted to recreate that same taste but I didn’t want to make a donut…so I started thinking of how I can add it to a cookie.  I decided that an oatmeal cookie would go great with a maple glaze and bacon…it makes sense right?  Maple and oatmeal?  They are all breakfast food items right?  Anywho, my hands down favorite oatmeal cookie recipe is the Pioneer Woman’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Recipe.  So I made that recipe and made up a maple glaze, cooked some bacon, combined it, ate it, and swooned.  Give them a try if you are a maple/bacon fan!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Salted Butter, Softened
  • 2 cups Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tblsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup of milk (You can add more milk or powdered sugar to change the thickness of the glaze)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
IMG_4249Mix dry ingredients.IMG_4238In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each one.IMG_4250Add dry mixture to creamed mixture in 2 to 3 batches, mixing it until just combined.IMG_4254Mix in the oats until just combined.  IMG_4260I ran out of parchment paper (which is what I prefer to use), but foil worked fine…just make sure it is lightly greased.  Bake about 15 minutes (take out a little earlier if you like them chewier or leave longer for crispy cookies).IMG_4280 IMG_4271Combine all the ingredient to make the glaze in a bowl, and dip the cookies ONCE THEY ARE COOL. IMG_4266My favorite way to cook bacon is on a wire rack, in the oven, at 350 degress about 8 minutes per side.  It makes them perfect strips.IMG_4283Cook bacon until their desired crispiness and then blot with a paper towel, and cut little bacon squares or crumble.  IMG_4287Dress the cookies and enjoy!

Toaster Treats {Low-Cal Salty S’more Bites}

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Here at the Johnston house one of our favorite quick desserts to make are Toaster Treats. If you like Salty & Sweet desserts and s’mores, then you will love these! The great thing is you don’t need a fire pit to make these, they take less than 3 minutes to prep and cook, and if you use reduced fat Ritz Crackers they are under 55 calories each!….and believe me you don’t need a ton of these to satisfy that sweet tooth.

*TIP: Save the broken Ritz Crackers for a Ritz Cracker baked chicken recipe coming tomorrow!

“The OG” Toaster Treat:

-1/2 a Marshmallow

-1 Square of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar

-1 Ritz Cracker

Feel free to try a variety of chocolates and spreads like we did below. I even made one with Nutella and a banana slice and it was SO DELISH!…and a bit healthier.

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IMG_0312Try a spread on the cracker prior to adding chocolate. Or skip the chocolate and just use the spread and a marshmallow.

*Cooking Note: Chunky Peanut Putter works the best and it works better if you place a dollop in the center of the cracker instead of spreading it evenly across since it will naturally spread during cooking.IMG_0307Baby E was most excited about the Seal Salt Dark Chocolate!

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IMG_0313Place the crackers on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

IMG_0318If trying multiple flavors be sure to label your parchment!

IMG_0322This was hands down MY FAVORITE Toaster Treat! (Chunky Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate)

IMG_0323Cut the mallows in half.

IMG_0324Place the mallows (or banana) on top of the chocolate or spread.

IMG_0327Broil from 1 minute to 1 1/2 Minutes depending on how “roasted” you want your mallow. (KEEP AN EYE ON THEM!)

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IMG_0347Destroyed!