Uptown Folk's Bacon Cookies

1 lb butter - cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
2 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
5 3/4 cups flour - all-purpose
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
10 oz toasted walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate liqueur
15 oz bittersweet chocolate pistoles - chopped
15 oz bittersweet milk chocolate pistoles - chopped
6 oz bacon - chopped and fat removed

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and grease one or more cookie sheets with oil. Mix butter with eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl, and then blend in the baking powder, baking soda, flour and salt until mixed.  Add both brown sugar and granulated sugar to the mixture. Mix thoroughly. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl and continue mixing until all ingredients are blended well. Add the walnuts, chocolate liqueur, pistoles and finally the bacon to the mixture. Mix for 30 seconds. The mixture will be stiff. Scoop out the dough and roll the dough into 5 oz balls. Place the balls on one or more cookie sheets and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove the sheet(s) and bake for 4 minutes. Rotate the sheet (turn it around in the oven) and bake for an additional 3 minutes. Let the cookies cool and serve with red wine. 


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