Dessert Recipes

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

As someone who doesn’t eat gluten, dessert can be tricky. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared down a bowl of cookie dough or cake batter before placing it in the oven and imparting a look that says “you better work” only to be met with crumbly cookies or a sunken cake after the timer goes off.

As someone who is constantly developing new recipes, failures do happen but each failure is a learning experience. These cookie bars are a recipe I’ve been tweaking over the past few weeks and I have to say – there are few ways to articulate through words the simple joy one feels when their recipe actually works and tastes amazing. Huge props to Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Baking Flour for being awesome. And pro tip: always add ice cream.

Recipe created for NOBREAD.

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes

Servings: 9-12 cookie bars

Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, diced
2 1/4 cups GF flour (or regular if you do gluten)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 stick Earth Balance, melted (or 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil)
Walnuts, chopped (optional)
Chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×11 baking pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  2. In a small frying pan over medium heat, add bacon and sauté for about 5 minutes or until fully cooked.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  3. Remove cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the grease.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, espresso powder, salt, and coconut sugar.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  5. Stir to combine.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  6. In a separate, small bowl, combine eggs and vanilla.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  7. Add melted Earth Balance to eggs and vanilla and whisk together quickly.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  8. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and stir to combine.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  9. Add chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and cooked bacon, and mix together.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  10. Pour dough into lined 8×11 baking pan.
  11. Using a rubber spatula, spread dough evenly across pan.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  12. Place in oven for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  13. Remove pan from oven and let cool for two minutes.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  14. Transfer cookie bars to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  15. Serve.
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    Photo by Analiese Trimber

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
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