Bacon. One food that almost no one can turn down. And yes, we’ve all had bacon in a salad or on a pizza, but there is nothing quite like bacon mixed with all the sweet and sugary goodness of maple, caramel, and chocolate. From cookies to brownies to cupcakes, there’s really no place that bacon doesn’t belong.
Check out these bacon-inspired recipes below!
10 Maple Caramel Pumpkin Bars with Bacon
While maple and bacon have long been a classic combination (remember how maple syrup runs off your pancakes onto the bacon on your plate? #Perfection), this cake kicks fall flavours into full gear with the addition of pumpkin and caramel. Candied bacon + maple caramel cream cheese frosting + spiced pumpkin cake = a match made in heaven. Get the recipe here.
9 Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
A unique twist on an old classic. Take your chocolate cookies to the next level by adding some candied bacon (done simply by just covering bacon with some brown sugar and popping it in the oven). You’ll never go back to regular old chocolate chip cookies again. Check out the recipe here.
8 Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Bacon
This recipe is not only tasty, but it’s ridiculously easy to make – Seriously. If you don’t pride yourself on being an excellent baker, than this is the recipe for you! All you have to do is buy some pretzels, melt some chocolate chips in the microwave, and cook some bacon (or cheat like I did and buy bacon bits!). Get the recipe here.
7 Bacon Ferrero Rocher Biscotti
Let out the inner Italian in you! If you’re like me, then you might have a few Ferrero Rochers leftover from the holidays. What better way to use them than by mixing them with bacon and creating a delicious biscotti that you can dunk right into your frothy cappuccino? I can’t think of a better snack. Get the recipe here.
6 Apple Cinnamon Pancake Cupcakes with Bacon Sprinkles
I like to think of this cupcake as an all-in-one breakfast. You’ve got your fruit, your pancakes, your bacon, and your maple syrup. These cupcakes feature a light and fluffy pancake-like base, a spiced apple centre, and a rich maple buttercream topped with crispy bacon. Can you say delectable? Get the recipe here.
5 Chunky Elvis Ice Cream
It may not be summer yet, but that’s no excuse to not indulge in this fully-loaded ice cream recipe. A slightly different take on Atlanta’s Elvis burger, this banana-honey flavoured ice cream is topped with rich chunks of peanut butter and candied bacon. Insider tip: The bacon flavour adds a certain saltiness to the ice cream as opposed to being overwhelming, so if you’re looking for that overpowering smoky bacon flavour, add a few extra bacon strips. Check out the recipe here.
4 Chocolate Bacon Bundt Cake
This is another recipe that is perfect for someone with little baking experience. First off, bundt pans make your cake look beautiful even without any frosting. Second, this recipe uses a devil’s food cake mix & chocolate pudding mix, instantly making the whole baking thing a lot less complicated (and still utterly delicious – instant pudding mix adds an insane amount of moisture to a cake!). And then of course, in addition to all this chocolatey goodness, the cake is topped with crispy fried bacon (the more the merrier). Get the recipe here.
3 Beer & Bacon Pecan Bars
Looking for a recipe that will impress your partner? Look no further! Seriously, what guy can resist beer and bacon? These pecan bars are the perfect snack for a cozy fall day spent curled up on the couch watching football. Check out the recipe here. P.S. If you really want to impress, try brewing your very own beer at home!
2 Bacon Bourbon Brownies
Speaking of boozy desserts, check out these bacon bourbon brownies. Alcohol, bacon, and chocolate? Now we’re talking! This recipe features a unique brownie base that includes bacon fat and bourbon, and is topped with bacon bits, chopped pecans, and you guessed it: more bourbon! Pro tip: When your brownies are fresh out of the oven, pour a little bit of bourbon on top to intensify the bourbon flavour. Get the recipe here.
1 Nutella and Bacon Stuffed French Toast
I can’t conclude this list without a recipe that contains Nutella. Once again, this recipe serves as an all-in-one breakfast, featuring french toast, bacon, Nutella, and maple syrup. Like many recipes on this list, it is not even remotely healthy. But definitely a well-deserved, totally guilt-free treat that everyone should have the pleasure of experiencing. Essentially, you get some hearty bread (Challah bread is recommended), and create a bacon & nutella sandwich (heavy on both those ingredients), and then fry it up. Gooey, smoky, sweet, & nutty all in one. Get the recipe here.