Peanut Butter Banana Bacon and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies (Elvis Cookies)

You know how much I love a good cookie challenge. I also get a lot of good cookie ideas or general cookie feedback from my fabulous coworkers so I try to take all of that into account when I’m cookie experimenting. Lately, bananas and orange zest have been big winners in the office. My friend Jen is also a big lover of bacon (which is an understatement).

This week’s challenge was to make an ‘Elvis’ cookie with peanut butter, banana and bacon. Challenge accepted. These are moist, salty, creamy, and delicious and I’m pretty sure would get two big Elvis thumbs up.

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 6 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked crispy and chopped fine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 1: Melt butter and peanut butter together over low heat. Melt the butter first, then slowly stir in the peanut butter until it is creamy. You need to make sure this cools before you start mixing things into it, otherwise the egg yolk could get cooked. If you’re impatient like I am, just stick it in the fridge or the freezer to speed up the process.
Step 2: Add in white and brown sugars.
Step 3: Add in vanilla and egg yolk.
Step 4: Mash up 2 large bananas and add into the mixture.
Step 5: Add in flour, baking soda, and salt.
Step 6: Chop up the crispy bacon very fine. Add it into the mixture along with the peanut butter chips.
Step 7: Scoop even size balls of dough onto a sil-pat or parchment lined baking sheets. The dough is definitely stickier than regular cookie dough but don’t worry. That’s just because they are a little bit more cake-like in their consistency. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
These cookies are delicious. The base tastes like a very light and moist banana bread. The peanut butter chips make these cookies creamy. And the bacon adds a nice salty kick at the end. These definitely qualify as ‘breakfast cookies’ in my coworkers book and I doubt many will be left by 10 am tomorrow. This is definitely a week you’ll want to make the secret cookie list, and get to work early to secure your Elvis breakfast cookie.