Hunka Burnin' Love Cookies

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Did everyone have a good New Year’s Eve?  I say New Year’s Eve, not New Year’s Day, because New Year’s Day is never fun.  There’s football on (borrring!), you’re hungover, you have to work the next day, and you realize you ate all of the jalapeno poppers last night. 

You’re lying to yourself if you say you don’t like jalapeno poppers.
God bless those cheesy little peppers and their crispy fried outer shell.  If you’re having a party, and you don’t have poppers, I’m not coming.  Sorry to be a party popper pooper.

I actually ate fried food twice today.  I tell you this only because I never eat fast food.  This was a big deal.  I broke new food ground today.  I had a chicken strip basket from Dairy Queen with allll the fixins’; French fries, Texas toast, and gravy.  It was glorious.  I was dunking everything in that gravy.  I really like gravy. 

Meal number two was a loaded broccoli & cheese baked potato with a side of chicken nuggets from Wendy’s.  The potato was borderline-healthy, except for the thick nacho cheese sauce it was doused in.  I ate the skin and all.  Do you do that?  Is that weird?  I eat sweet potato skins, too. 

In conclusion, I have to say this: fast food isn’t that bad, it can be pretty tasty if you need some comfort food.  But it should be eaten in moderation.  Also, I’ll save you all some time by adding that Sonic doesn’t have their chicken strip basket anymore.

The irony of me talking about eating a bunch of fast food in the beginning of January.  This is diet season!  We all need to be eating egg whites and carrot sticks.

I’m not on a diet, though.  I’ll just settle for a Kim Kardashianesque figure.  I can’t give up cookies.  Especially cookies loaded with bacon, inspired by the King, himself. 

Bacon, banana, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter, melted marshmallows and chopped peanuts.  That’s a lot going on in a cookie, I know.  A little indulgent for every-day eating.  But treat yourself soon and make these. 

These cookies are featured on the Nestle Kitchens Holiday Cookie Favorites website, by the way.  I was in the top ten for a contest they sponsored. 

Hunka Burnin' Love Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup Nestle Semisweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup Nestle White Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup finely chopped cooked bacon
1/3 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 2-3 minutes, whisking frequently, until butter foams and starts to turn golden.  Remove pan from heat and whisk in marshmallows until melted; pour into a large mixing bowl.

Add brown sugar, peanut butter and banana to bowl.  Mix together, using a mixer on medium speed, until creamy - about 1-2 minutes.  Beat in egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt until well combined - about 1 minute.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour, oats, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, bacon and peanuts until just incorporated.  

Drop heaping tablespoons full of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about an inch apart.  Bake 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes 2 dozen large cookies

23 comments on "Hunka Burnin' Love Cookies"
  1. I love eating the potato skins. And cookies, er these cookies please? Happy New Year!

  2. I can see why they made the top ten--bacon, banana, and marshmallow? Wow! I will have to save these for when I'm tired of my carrot sticks and egg whites, though....Seriously, fabulous cookies!

  3. I would like everything (and the fact that they're loaded), except the bacon. Tried it in a cookie once and didn't really like it. But I love the look of these cookies. They have banana, but don't look like a soft cakey cookie, like banana ones usually are.
    My husband loves jalapeno poppers! Love that, party popper pooper.

  4. Yeah New Years Day is never fun, especially when you have to work after being up all night :P But my New Years Eve was awesome! I don't drink so no hangover, that's a plus :P
    Chick Fil A actually is semi-decent fast food, I get the soup and it's not bad at all!
    These cookies look awesome! except for maybe the marshmallows :P
    Happy New Year! :)

  5. Congrats on being featured! I like the sound of the marshmallows in the cookie dough.

    I eat the skin on potatoes, too. It's often the crispiest part, and the skins also contain vitamins and stuff.

  6. Oh my! What a great idea. I definitely had all kinds of things floating around my head when I saw the title of this post.

    I only like cheddar poppers. I'm not a lover of plain cream cheese, so I'm not going to be eating the cream cheese ones.

    I don't think a couple of fast food meals will make or break your entire cardiovascular system. You will be fine. I won't even talk about what I ate over the entire weekend! I started Sunday with praline French toast while staying at a B&B and ended the day with a pizza!

  7. these cookies sound phenomenal :) happy new year emily!!

  8. When I read the title, I instantly thought - "These cookies better have bacon in them!!" :-) Love it.

  9. oh my gosh I love that these were inspired by Elvis--very creative and cute :)

    BTW that link about gravy was terrifying, and I didn't even watch it! The title alone made me close the tab right away, lol!

  10. the melted marshmallows are the best part of this! now, where did i put those blue suede shoes? :)

  11. Mmm! I've been wanting to throw bacon into cookies for so long... these sound incredible!

    I'm with you, no new year diet for me! Life's too short to not enjoy delicious food when you want it.

  12. I'll never look at gravy the same way again...

  13. Diet shmiet. I say eat healthy most of the time and indulge the rest. And these are something I can't wait to indulge in. Soon.

  14. These look heavenly. I don't know if I'd struggle with the flavour combo or not. New Years day is an excuse to eat as much as you can in order to feed your hangover.

  15. (8) hunka hunka burning love!

    omgomgomgomg i didn't listen to you and i clicked on the link to the fat man eating bread doused in gravy.

    i'm feeling so disturbed

  16. I always eat the potato skins. I kind of like the skin more than the potato :)

  17. YES! A fat man reference! Now that's the girlfriend I know and love, folks. These cookies are bad for the diabetes, folks. Augh yeah.

  18. I, too, love the potato skins. It's my favorite part of the potato.
    Maybe I'll make these cookies and put some potato chips in them, too...

  19. What a fabulously fun recipe!

  20. I love your cookies! They look so perfect!

  21. Thanks everyone!

    Ryan, they have soup??

    A.T.P, haha you didn't like it?

    Carrie, lol.

    Connie, I told you not to!

    EJF, I love you!

    Sarah, good idea. Love that.