½ cup salted butter, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
dash of coarse sea salt
¼ cup crumbled bacon
1 cup all purpose flour
3 oz. dark chocolate, melted
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and mix until combined.
Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add the salt, bacon, and flour. Mix on low speed until combined. The dough may appear crumbly. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Press together into a disc and wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper and roll out to a ¼ inch thickness. Remove the plastic wrap and cut out cookies into desired shapes. Place the cut outs on trays and place the trays into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to let the cookies firm up.
Place the cookies into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until firm and lightly browned. Move the cookies to wire racks and cool completely.
Once the cookies are cooled, dip them into the melted chocolate. Move to waxed paper lined baking trays and place in the refrigerator to harden. Move the cookies to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Amy's Cooking Adventures, March 20, 2012; adapted from Joy of Baking.com