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