Uptown Folk's Bacon Cookies

1 lb. butter cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large farm-fresh eggs
2 ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
1 ½ Tbsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
5 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
10 oz. toasted walnuts
½ cup chocolate liqueur
15 oz. bittersweet chocolate pistols, chopped
15 oz. bittersweet milk chocolate pistols, chopped
6 oz. cooked crisp bacon, trimmed and chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and oil one or more cookie sheets. Stir cubed butter with eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl; add baking powder, baking soda, flour and salt until blended. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar; mix thoroughly. Scrape sides of the mixing bowl and continue stirring until all ingredients are well-blended. Add walnuts, chocolate liqueur, pistoles and chopped bacon to the mixture. Mix for 30 seconds until a stiff dough forms.

Scoop and roll mixture into golf ball-sized dough balls. Place dough balls on one or more cookie sheets; refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; remove the sheet(s) and bake for 4 minutes. Rotate cookie sheet and bake for an additional 3 minutes. Let cool and serve with red wine.



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