Bacon Crack & Beer Hipster Cookie Recipe


More or less every Tuesday the last few months, I’ve been baking for the Wine Wednesday happy hour I run at work each Wednesday. I’ve gone through quite a few recipes so I wanted to try something new and had no clue what to look up so, on a whim, I googled “hipster cookies” and came across The Oak Leaf News’ Hipster Cookies.

Took a little trial and error, but amazing stuff!

So here’s the deal (slightly modified from original recipe):

Ingredients

Not pictured: butter and salt.

Not pictured: butter and salt

You need:

  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (Himalayan optional)
  • 2 sticks butter (melt in microwave 45 seconds per stick)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 entire pack bacon (12-ish strips?)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup PBR beer (or in my case, Trader Joe’s Simpler Times)

*Wine – optional for consumption before rest of beer can is ready!

And now, what to do.

Directions

Part 1: The Bacon

Bacon crack!

Bacon crack!

  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Spread tin foil on baking sheets (for easier clean up later)
  3. Lay strips out on 1-2 baking sheets
  4. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle over bacon
  5. Pop into over for 5 minutes
  6. Flip each strip over, then put back into over for 4 more minutes (total: 9 minutes)

Part 2: Cookie Dough

*Note: I didn’t need a blender for any of this. I simply took my time adding the ingredients and mixed with a fork.

Your 2 bowls of dry ingredients

Your 2 bowls of dry ingredients

  1. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl
  2. In a larger bowl, beat melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract (add dry ingredients to butter slowly for a more even mix)
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating some more in between
  4. Add flour/baking soda/salt mixture slowly, continuing to beat as you go
  5. Add the beer and then the chocolate chips (careful not to beat overzealously lest the beer foam!)
The finished dough

The finished dough

Part 3: The Baking

  1. Now cover your baking sheets with tin foil, spray with butter/olive oil spray, and drop rounded dollops of dough onto each sheet
  2. Bake 9-11 minutes at 350* until cookies are golden brown
  3. Let cool before you try to remove the cookies from the sheet (I sprinkled them with bacon crack while I waited)

Part 4: The Sprinkling

Yes, the piggy socks are an important part of the cooking process - especially when you're chopping bacon!

Yes, the piggy socks are an important part of the cooking process – especially when you’re chopping bacon!

  1. While your cookies are baking, chop your bacon into thin slices and then dice into tiny pieces
  2. You now have bacon crack sprinkles!
  3. Sprinkle these lovelies onto your cookies while they cool

Then taste test a cookie, you know… to make sure they’re good 😉

You've got cookies!

You’ve got cookies!

Let me know how you like these! And try out my other recipes here.

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Dishcrawl — The Funnest Way to Try Out the Best Santana Row Has to Offer


I tried out 4 new restaurants in Santana Row Monday night! Oh, and I only paid $40 ;D

Such is the beauty of Dishcrawl =] You get to try out appetizers, dishes and desserts at restaurants famous for certain specialties without dishing out the big bucks. I love it!

The evening got off to a good start with a lovely stroll around Santana Row — the rich sure know how to do spectacular decor!

And now, for the food =3 Check out the delectable dishes I got to try out!

First, we all met at LB Steak*

There, we were treated to…

Tuna sashimi bruschetta and breaded eggplant with goat cheese

And potato chips made from roots! By far the tastiest chips I’ve ever had =3

Root chips

Next, we walked over to El Jardin.

 

 

Sangria & margaritas

 

Tilapia ceviche

Don’t remember what these were called ><;

Then on to Rosie McCann’s for some hearty Irish food!

 

Roasted portobello mushroom, fish & chips, and a slider =3

Last, but not least, we ended on a sweet note at the Olin Avenue Market =]

Gelato!

Know what the best part is? There’s one of these babies at least once a week! Check out their website to find one near you and go taste some amazing food =3 I’m considering the Cognac Tasting and Food Pairing one ;D

*I “borrowed” (winking, wink) most of these pictures from Dishcrawl’s Facebook album since they turned out so much better than the ones I took O=] Credits go to the wonderful Ms. Cindy Garcia.

It’s Good to be On Vacation!


I’ve been covering a lot of startups lately, so I thought my friends from back home might like to read what I’ve been up to =]

This first week of vacation has been pretty awesome:

  1. I’ve begun learning how to code on Codecademy. I’d been meaning to learn for months and finally have the time to learn ^^ Codecademy likes to gamify this and turn it into a competition, so start learning how to code and add me as a friend on there so we can compare who’s learning more quickly =p (For francophones, Le Site du Zéro is supposed to be pretty awesome too ;D)
  2. A French business angel asked me to interview a startup he invested in (I was flattered he thought being interviewed for my blog is a good use of time for Whoozer–keep your eyes peeled for the article ❤ )
  3. I went on a photo shoot today. Nope, I’m not going into modeling (maybe plus size?) but I did have a lot of fun =] I’ll post a link once it’s ready and tell you more about the peppy, adorable entrepreneur who took them soon
  4. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and sun-tanning. It was about time I got rid of my ghostly paleness! (My boss used to tell me I should go to a tanning booth XD) So far, I’ve tried out the Jardins du Luxembourg, but I’ve still got 2 weeks to check out Paris’ best reading spots and, more importantly, plan a few touristy things to do before I leave.

    Les jardins du luxembourg

There was a band playing there later that day, and a small shop that sold amaaaaazing ice cream--I recommend pear =3

Oh, and I also discovered the most American hamburger joint in Paris, Blend. Of course I forgot to take pictures until I left, but check these out (click on each picture to see where I found it.)

The restaurant

Doesn't the inside look neat? Click on this picture to go to "Lost in Cheeseland's" article about Blend, they have tons of great pix!

Oh yes, they have great decor and they serve Gallia, the only beer brewed in Paris!

Did I mention they also serve sweet potato fries ;D

——————————————————————————————————————–Project Happy: I got to see my grandmother today =] it was bitter sweet since she’s pretty sick, but we still enjoyed spending some much needed time together!

Tell me about what made you happy today!

Mash-Up 5 Startup Sneak Peek


I’m bummed I’m not attending Mash-Up #5 tonight, but I’m sick and need to rest and that’s that =/ It doesn’t mean I can’t be there in spirit though so, without further adieu… let me introduce you to the startups I thought had a little “je ne sais quoi”

The Ladies’ Choice: Cinélov’

They unfortunately don’t have a website, but boy did these ladies stumble upon a good idea! They organize outdoor movie screenings (nothing too innovative yet) where (wait for it!) viewers must pedal on bikes in order to power the projector. Neat!! I get to watch a movie AND burn off that ice cream? Sign me up ^^

For the Poor College Student: Voodiz

Don’t have the money to travel? No problem! Simply go on Voodiz, find a fellow student to host to make yourself a few $$, and then go get hosted yourself! And to get started on your adventure, like them on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Socialite’s Dream: Wakizz

Dream in tweets and Facebook likes, posts and shares? Flustered by the modicum of modes of expression on Facebook? Fear no more, Wakizz is here. You can now play referee and give your “friends” cards: red, yellow or green. Like we really needed another way of expressing ourselves ><‘ ::facepalm::

 

 

 

 

For the Beer-Hungry (Thirsty?): Gallia

Did you know that, up until recently, Paris was one of the few European capitals not to have its own beer? Such was the sad, sad case when Gallia disappeared in the 60’s. Frenchmen everywhere can square their shoulders and hold their heads high once more though, thanks to these gentlemen.

For the Artist in All of Us: Sound Connection

Music is all about sound and performance, so  how are you supposed to find band mates without both of those elements? Sound Connection goes straight to the heart of the issue: once their site is completed, they will have a sort of visual, auditory Craigslist for the French music community. Neato.