I was intrigued by these Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies when I saw them on Baking is Hot in November. Then, on the very same day, Veggie Alchemy just happened to post her recipe for the ultimate Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies. It was simply serendipitous. I didn’t get a chance to bang out the veganized version of the fake meat and peanut butter treat until the Super Bowl came ’round and I was in need of a gluttonous dish to rival the other unhealthy dishes one finds at such an event.
I had to consider which type of fake bacon would best serve these cookies. Tempeh bacon is too soft. Lightlife’s bacon kinda grosses me out. Coconut bacon would be incredible, but these cookies are already loaded with fat so I didn’t really want to exponentially increase it with saturated-fat-laden coconut. I then remembered that classic Bac-Os are vegan.
It seemed like the perfect fit because they are already in little crumb size pieces. Their nutritional profile is not ideal what with the hydrogenated oil (read: trans fats) and Red 40, but when you are eating meat-laced baked goods you shouldn’t be expecting a healthy snack.
To make these, I just whipped up Veggie Alchemy’s recipe and sprinkled in Baco’s until I thought the ratios looked about right.
Things were looking good when I couldn’t stop shoveling spoonfuls of the dough into my head. At this point the Baco’s were still really crunchy which was delightful.
Also delightful was the final product.
The ultimate cookie judge for the day was my roommate, whose entire diet consists of peanut butter sandwiches and 7-11 hotdogs (I wish I could say I was exaggerating.) When he gave these two thumbs up, I knew they were a success. Further proof was the complete lack of any leftover cookies after our Super Bowl party.
I also made a batch of the peanut butter cookies sans bacon and they really were perfect…soft and chewy, just like I like ‘em. This will definitely be my go-to peanut butter cookie from now on.
I highly recommend you try this recipe out for yourself. In the meantime, you should check out this vegan bacon soap I came across while doing my bacon research. Wonders never cease!