Chef’s Notes: What? Cookies for breakfast? Isn’t it odd that we classify some foods as appropriate, and others not? There is nothing in these cookies that you wouldn’t eat for breakfast. And the surprise ingredient? Bacon!
My version is a modification of a modification of the original recipe. I first heard of the recipe on the Kyrie Eleison blog; the author mentioned in a post that she wanted to try the recipe, which was featured on another blog. The original came from the Cookies cookbook.
The cookies are not overly sweet, and have a refreshing orange flavor. The texture is soft and fluffy, with a slight chewy/crispiness. The bacon is noticeable, but certainly not overpowering.
(Makes 18 cookies)
1/4 C.unsalted butter, softened
1/4 C. stick margarine, softened
1/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/4 of an orange from which you’ll need 1 tsp. zest and 1/4 C. diced pieces and the juice
3/4 C. whole wheat flour
1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
4 strips bacon, cooked very crisp and crumbled (about 1/2 C. crumbled bacon)
1/2 C. Grape-Nuts cereal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small mixing bowl, cream the butter, margarine, and brown sugar. Beat in egg, orange zest and orange pieces with juice. Add flours and baking powder and mix thoroughly. Stir in bacon and Grape-Nuts.
Place spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Remove cookies from baking sheet while warm and cool on racks.