Cheddar Bacon Pecan Bites
 
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A savory cookie, with bacon, cheese, and pecans.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • salted butter, as needed (about 4-6 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spread the nuts on baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5-6 minutes. Let cool and chop coarsely.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes; do not scorch. Drain the drippings into a heatproof measuring cup, and reserve the bacon separately, let cool.
  3. Add butter (as needed) to the cooled bacon drippings to make ½ Cup total.
  4. With an electric mixer, cream the cheese, thyme, and pepper together in a mixing bowl. Add the butter mixture and mix well. Add the flour a little at a time and mix well. Add the bacon and nuts and mix until just evenly combined. Refrigerate the dough for about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 for at least 20 minutes before baking. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or leave them ungreased.
  6. Scoop up the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls and shape into 1-inch diameter balls. Place, spaced 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and flatten the balls with a fork (dip fork in flour as needed), making a criss cross pattern. Bake 14 to 16 minutes until lightly golden at the edges. Cool on the pan.
Notes
This recipe calls for gorgonzola cheese, but would probably be just as good with another kind of cheese, such as cheddar or bleu cheese.
Recipe by Jens Favorite Cookies at http://jensfavoritecookies.com/2014/09/26/bacon-cheese-pecan-bites/