Yes that’s exactly right, I’m telling you that we’re having bacon for dessert! Say What!!!!It might seem crazy to some people and you’re probably thinking that, for a girl who claims to not like bacon much, I use it a lot. Hey, I live with lots of bacon lovers so it gets included a lot in my crazy schemes even if it’s not my thing.
What I love about bacon is the smell of it in the air, it’s so nostalgic and happy-making to me, but it’s true that I’m not really a bacon eater. Although, when it’s sitting on frosting I find myself reconsidering the whole situation. Oh, and my mom has taught me all my life about the magic of saving and using your bacon grease for yummy things. I don’t understand people that just throw all of that goodness away.
Okay you guys, I’ve been holding back long enough, It’s time for me to start going crazy with the Fall flavors don’t you think? For some reason this line on a total 90’s childhood movie keeps popping into my head today, “Weee-weese da seekwit wep-un! (p.s. If you actually know what that’s from then you’re like my new bestie.) I’m thinking cinnamon, maple, pecan, apple, pumpkin, butternut squash, warm, cozy, cider, spiced, spooky, chai, caramel……
Yep, these are all flavors and themes that need to be happening the next few months. Initiating my fake Autumn, now! Fine, so I probably will need to throw in a Spring-y recipe here and there because there are so many gorgeous fruits and veggies coming into season, but the rest will be Autumn stuff so I hope you’re getting excited with me.
This has always been my favorite time of year. I love the holidays and for me that starts as soon as it’s acceptable to break out the pumpkin pie. Although, I’m the craziest about Christmas. Actually, I love it so much that I almost want to wait a little longer to be this close to it. I’m already dreading New Year’s Day when it’s all over. I know, I know, it’s still only September but I’m just a major weirdo like that and also, blogging has trained my mind to think ahead way more than I used to.
But I realize that it would be kind of ridiculous to ruin the season because I don’t want it to be over. No, not gonna do that. I’m going to enjoy every single solitary festively festive cinnamon spiced second of it and make sure that everyone else does too…and then some! Plus, one of the biggest, and only, perks of living where Christmas falls at the end of Spring instead of Fall is that I get to still look forward to months of gorgeous weather and exciting outdoor activities after the holidays.
Now, bacon! Bacon and maple aren’t necessarily specific to Autumn but I think we can all agree that they definitely fit right in. I think this is a good place to start getting into the mood. I know it’s harder for some of you then others right now because you might still be in really hot weather. Like, when I was growing up in Tennessee I remember it taking forever to stay crisp and Autumn-y because the agonizingly humid summer was reluctant to hit the road.
Maybe you’re in the Southern Hemisphere with me and you’re getting excited about Spring. Regardless of where you are though, you should definitely take a little piece of time to stop and make these bars because, hello, they are amazing! And I don’t even like bacon!
- 8 slices cooked bacon (grease reserved)
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 2 tablespoons bacon grease
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease a 13x9 inch glass pan. Cream butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Scrape sides of bowl, then add eggs while stirring and mix until combined. Add extracts, soda, syrup, and salt; mix until combined. Pour in flour one cup at a time and beat after each addition.
- Bake for 24 - 28 minutes until the center and edges are lightly browned. Remove and allow to sit for about 30 minutes until cool.
- While bars cool, whisk butter with milk, syrup, salt, and extracts in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Slowly mix in powdered sugar until frosting is completely smooth. Pour over cooled bars and sprinkle crumbled bacon bits over top.
- Cut into desired amount of squares and serve. Ice cold milk will be required.