Every once in a while, I unearth a dish that's good enough to be the recipe to end all other recipes. These discoveries are few and far between, but this weekend I found a baking recipe that's so delicious that it's ended my quest for the perfect savory cookie.
May I present the bacon cookie? The name says it all. Actually, it's a bacon, blue cheese, and pecan coin that's short and crumbly at first bite, then melts in your mouth with a nutty, sharp, cheese-like finish. You'll never — I repeat, never — be able to eat just one.
Serve it as a Christmas party appetizer, or wrap it up in cellophane baggies and give it to everyone you love. If you do, you're guaranteed to be a favorite this holiday season. Want the recipe? Yes, you do.
3/4 cup (about 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 ounces) pecans Makes 36 to 40.
4 strips bacon, minced (you should have about 1/2 cup, packed)
Salted butter as needed, to make 1/2 cup with bacon drippings
1 cup (about 4-3/4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (about 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 ounces) pecans
Makes 36 to 40.