Browned butter whoopie pies with candied bacon on Studio 5

 

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These little cookies are so yummy. They satisfy the craving for salty and sweet- without the bacon being overpowering. A perfect match.

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Browned Butter Whoopie Pie with candied bacon

1 cake mix (I used butter pecan) white, or even chocolate would rock

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter, soft

2 tbsp. flour

Candied bacon (below)

Browned Butter Frosting from 101 Gourmet Cookies

Mix together to form a dough. Then scoop dough using a small cookie scoop (I used 1 2/3 inch) place on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes until sides slightly brown. Remove from the heat and cool. Once cooled, place frosting on bottom of cookie and top with another.Press together gently. Roll the edges of the cookie into the crumbled bacon. Place in the fridge to set for at least 15 minutes. Yum!

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Candied Bacon

1 lb thick cut bacon

1/2 cup light brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Cover your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place the bacon on the foil in a single layer. Cover with brown sugar. Then top the bacon with another sheet of foil or parchment paper. Top then with a second baking sheet, pressing down slightly. This will keep the bacon flat.

Bake at 325 (low and slow) for 20 minutes. Check the bacon. If it’s nice and starting to brown and become crispy, then remove from the oven and cool. It will continue to crisp as it cools and the caramel hardens. If it’s  still somewhat soft, continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes. Do not turn the oven up. The caramel does best with the lower temperatures.

Browned Butter Frosting

1 stick butter  (unsalted is best)

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups powdered sugar

½ cup heavy cream or more desired consistency

In a small skillet, brown butter over medium heat until golden brown flecks appear. Butter will become a little foamy. Stir now and then to make the butter cooks evenly. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cream. Beat on medium high until a creamy texture to your liking forms.

 

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And my new favorite necklace…. it’s always a “treat” to be on Studio 5! Happy Baking!

 

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