Momma Told Me: Red, White, And Bacon- Sweet Treat Double Takes

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Red, White, And Bacon- Sweet Treat Double Takes

Bacon Sugar Cookies- No pigs harmed in the making :) Perfect for a cookout or April Fool's!
Momma Told Me: The best foods sneak up and surprise you.

Summer is nearly here and that means lazy afternoons napping in the hammock, sunny picnics in the park and plenty of gatherings with family and friends over good food. I'll admit, I'm not much of a grill master, but I do love entertaining. Whether I'm the hostess or the lavished attendee, I always have something special on hand for Summertime soirees. Our neighbors and friends always know I'll have something especially unique to add to the spread of delicious Americana staples. This year I'll be causing buffet line double takes with some special sweets masquerading as savory faves!
Bacon Sugar Cookies- No pigs harmed in the making :) Perfect for a cookout or April Fool's!
Believe it or not, sometimes I just want to play with colored sugar dough globs, like modeling clay, at 2 am without having to set up a lighting rig and host a tutorial. Sometimes I have an idea and I go online hunting for someone else who's had an equally zany idea to see how they tried to tackle it first. Bacon sugar cookies are a prime example of both. I apologize, deeply, for the lack of step by step photos on what may seem like a rather involved treat.

Essentially these bacon sugar cookies were pulled off by layering slabs of white, pink, and brown (generic bag mix) sugar cookie dough until they formed a slab of sugar meat, as seen above. 2 hours in the freezer, and side sliced, they produced the adorable cookie dough forms above. Do not be fooled, this was my 3rd batch attempted- it IS trickier than it seems in Not Your Momma's Cookies deceptively complete and simple tutorial. In the end I decided to ditch the 'rods' for 'waves' and used crumpled foil beneath my parchment paper, as well. (If you check out the tutorial, you'll see.)
Double Take Chocolate Deviled Eggs for cookouts or April Fool's!
Double Take Chocolate Deviled Eggs for cookouts or April Fool's!
And, because no self respecting Summer shindig would be complete without some Deviled Eggs I pulled out the plastic egg tray and poured some white melting chocolate carefully into each cubby. While you can place the chocolate directly in the freezer for 2 minutes, then 'pour' the center out and end up with a similar effect, I choose to carve the centers out with a spoon. It turns out I use coconut oil to thin my melting chocolate and this leaves it at quite the agreeable consistency for coring (who knew?)
Double Take Chocolate Deviled Eggs for cookouts or April Fool's!
Decorating my faux deviled eggs was really quite elementary- color a buttercream frosting yellow or make a simple ganache. Just heat 1/2 C Heavy Cream to a boil, remove from heat, add 1 C white chocolate chips, and let sit, covered for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes have passed whisk until even and add yellow food coloring. Pipe into chilled 'egg' chocolates. For some 'bacon' or paprika flecks, use fine red sugar sprinkles to decorate.
Bacon Sugar Cookies- No pigs harmed in the making :) Perfect for a cookout or April Fool's!
Whether you pin these for April Fool's or bust them out this coming Memorial Day weekend, these Bacon Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Deviled Eggs are sure to turn heads and solicit smiles. Again, I'm sorry I decided to tackle the bacon cookies at midnight and left you without one of my tutorials- perhaps another time I will sit down and show you my methods now that I've mastered the concept. In the mean time, do refer to Not Your Momma's Cookies post! Now, tell me, do you have plans for the upcoming holiday weekend?

What Daughter Says: Tired of bringing egg salad to the party? Try one of these fun ideas for Summer cookout-foods and really turn heads!

20 comments:

  1. Oh jeez. These are evil. Just evil.

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  2. You crack me up! These look amazing. I never would have thought of such a thing. Personally I think yours look better than the original. I think I'd like to come to a party at your house.

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    1. Party at Momma's house! That looks yummy!

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  3. Stop it! You had me at Bacon! These would be a great treat to "fool" my kids with. They LOVE bacon!

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  4. FINALLY! Bacon I can eat! The "bacon" and "deviled eggs" look marvelous.

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  5. These are funny. All of your baked goods are always so colorful too! Looks yummy.

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  6. You are amazing. I can't take how cool these are Jenna. :)

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  7. I love this so much. I hope you are pinning it everywhere. I don't have any difinitive plans for the weekend but for sure I will not be making this...my would look like a Pinterest FAIL!

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  8. You are so creative! These are the cutest little things EVER!

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  9. this would sure be a hit at our BBQ- so clever!

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  10. Such a fun treat idea. I would love to be able to serve those at my next party!

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  11. I would be so upset if I picked up one of these expecting bacon and it turned out to be a cookie! You can't do better then bacon! ;)

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    1. Hi Scott- Did you know there is such thing as a Bacon Sugar Cookie mix! I don't recommend it with this concept though, as it has real bacon in it and the bacon makes for an extra decadent (less pliable) dough!

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  12. I love the bacon cookies, but the deviled eggs would really have me fooled. If I hadn't read your instructions, I would have totally thought those were appetizers instead of desserts!

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  13. I have to follow up because I shared your post with a few friends and we are now committed to making these for my son's class. They are so cute!

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    1. Let me know how they turn out- Make sure to use a low butter sugar cookie recipe and allow the dough to chill thoroughly before slicing. It's really quite fun playing with the 'layers' to create the marbling!

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  14. These are some of the cutest baked treats ever! i would love to make some cookie bacon for my kids!

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  15. Wow - that is so creative!! I bet they taste great. I'm pinning this on my food art board.

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  16. What a fun "breakfast" not sure I could ever pull it off but they're super cute!

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