Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate, Apricots and Bacon #ImprovChallenge

Our Improv Challenge, hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Housewife, has two hubby approved ingredients this month: bacon and eggs. He would have loved if I whipped up a bacon and egg sandwich or even something more gourmet like scrambled eggs in a prosciutto cup ( I DO want to make those one day). But, instead, I went straight to cookies. I’d given up cookie dough for Lent…and had a mad cravings for oatmeal cookie dough. So I finally bit the bullet (I few years behind the trend) and added some bacon to a dessert with these Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate, Apricots and Bacon.

Well, I did get my fill of cookie dough, but I did not love the addition of bacon in the unbaked state. Fingers were crossed that the baked version would please me more, so I stashed these in the freezer and forgot about them for a week or so. Then one night, when a mad desire for something sweet came about after dinner, I pulled one out. Mmmmmm…who knew I  was finally a fan of bacon in cookies? I have to admit, that I would have preferred the bacon pieces MUCH smaller…a very fine crumble. I enjoyed the touch of saltiness when I bit into these chewy cookies, but didn’t particularly enjoy the texture of the bacon bits. I’m not certain I’ll ever make cookies with bacon again, but I’ll certainly eat every one that’s in my freezer! And this oatmeal cookie base is definitely a keeper!

Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate, Apricots and Bacon…#ImprovChallenge


  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups oatmeal (not quick oats)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup chopped, crisp bacon (I'd recommend a very fine chop)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugars till light and fluffy with mixer, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. With wooden spoon (or paddle attachment of mixer), mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in oatmeal, then chocolate, apricots and bacon.
  3. Scoop out rounded tablespoons dough, roll in hands if desired (dough will be sticky). Space a couple inches apart on baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes or till golden.
  4. Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on size


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 5206kcal Calories from fat 2216
% Daily Value
Total Fat 246g378%
Saturated Fat 141g705%
Transfat 7g
Cholesterol 824mg275%
Sodium 2870mg120%
Carbohydrate 713g238%
Dietary Fiber 38g152%
Sugars 426g
Protein 69g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g
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  1. Fantabulous combo of ingredients, Liz. Looks like you’ve hit a cookie home run out of the ball park.

    P.s. Glad to know another white chocolate fan =)

    P.s. 2. Congratulations for your fortitude in giving up cookies for Lent.

  2. Bacon & apricot sounds like quite the tasty combo! I do believe I’m going to have to experiment with that. Yum!

  3. I love the salty sweet combo. I still haven’t tried it with cookies yet though. And yes, make the eggs in a prosciutto cup! Its my favorite breakfast.

  4. What a great choice! So creative and tasty sounding, and I love how pretty they are!

  5. Who would have known that you could add bacon to cookies :). Cool!!! Yes, your oatmeal cookie base looks like a keeper for sure.

  6. Yeah, I think I’ll leave bacon out of my sweet stuff. I love it, but I’m just not a fan of it in cookies or other baked goods like that. Now the white chocolate and apricots in oatmeal cookies? Sign me up.

  7. I know I would love these cookies, minus the bacon!

  8. I just saw your post on Facebook, and thought BACON in cookies and came here. 😀 Definitely eye-catching!! And always fun to try out something different. I kind of know that you enjoy but won’t be making it again (or all the time). It is good enough but I guess we prefer regular even more delicious cookies with other ingredients. It was a fun post to read, Lizzy. 🙂

  9. I still have to add bacon to sweet… somehow there´s always some new more interesting trend that gets my attention. I´m always so un-trendy…! These are amazing Liz, with or without the bacon!

  10. Hmm, I do love bacon but not too fond of dried fruits. Maybe I’ll nix them and just make white chocolate and bacon cookies!

  11. Oh I am glad you made something sweet, too! I was hesitant and, to be honest, I had to pick the bacon off of my husband’s piece–but I loved the candied bacon. I think the trick for me was to keep the pieces and the actual quantity small. I love the addition of apricots in these–on my list to try! 🙂

  12. Bacon in cookies? Sounds awesome and I will have to keep that in mind, great idea for this challenge.

  13. So fun Lizzy! I would say you’re quite courageous too, I LOVE bacon but I’m just not sure about cookies …. then again, I REALLY trust you … hmmmm

  14. Haha this is the perfect cookie combination 😀


  15. Ok, you got me. I really can’t image how these cookies taste. Really interesting.

  16. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    I love love the idead of bacon in cookies but also appreciate your honesty so when I try them, I’ll definitely go the “small bit” route. They really sound divine, though, cause I love salty & sweet.

  17. LOL You are getting adventurous! I didn’t think I read the title correctly? Am I going to Lizzy’s blog? The Lizzy who cannot get excited over chocolate-covered bacon? 😉 Haha – your last sentence is proof this is the real Lizzy. I can see how your hubby would enjoy the addition of bacon. I think mine would too.

  18. I have yet to embrace the bacon in dessert trend. I think I just may skip it but this does look like a promising oatmeal cookie recipe–I do like the addition of dried fruit.

  19. What a unique cookie! I know a lot of folks who would love them. I love bacon but mainly with breakfast food.

  20. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Now you know I’m gonna say ‘ya gotta love the pig’… But I agree, bacon’s great but seems best left to savory:@)

  21. Liz, I like your interpretation of breakfast. 🙂 Thanks for the tip on bacon crumbles, too — a lil’ goes a long way, for sure. Loved your combo of apricots & white chocolate in these — YUM!

  22. I love bacon in my sweets, so I’m totally diggin’ these cookies!

  23. My husband has absolutely forbidden my trying to put bacon into any desserts. He’d love your basic oatmeal dough, though. They look like the perfect soft and chewy texture.

  24. You really are getting adventurous! I’m not great with combining sweet and savoury. I don’t even like raisins in curries even though I like raisins. I would probably pick the bacon off. I love that you put them in the freezer and left them there.

  25. This is such a unique cookie recipe! I have never tried putting apricots in a cookie, but it seems like such a good idea!

  26. I don’t think I’m enough of a fan of bacon to warrant putting it in sweets, so like you I think I would have to blitz it into smithereens first. Love your combination of flavours. White chocolate and apricot are such a good combination!

  27. I love sweet and salty combo but haven’t tried the chocolate and bacon pairing yet . So , what’s your hubby’s verdict over those beautifully-made cookies ? 😀

  28. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live says:

    I love the addition of the dried apricots!
    I think the secret with the bacon (in my opinion), is to make it really crispy and to chop it small. I do like the saltiness that the bacon adds, but I’m sure it will be awhile before I add bacon to another sweet dish.

  29. Liz..I just realized, I’ve never had an oatmeal cookie with white chocolate. How can that be since I’m a ‘white chocolate in cookies’ fiend? That said, I’ve also never had bacon in a cookie, but that isn’t shocking. I love the apricots along with both…definitely a must try for me! They truly look amazing!

  30. This sounds so good Liz. All I had to do was hear bacon and I’m all for it. Such a unique cookie!

  31. Yum, love the sweet, salty, and chewy combo with the apricots and bacon. I think since there is bacon, it is perfectly reasonable to eat these cookies for breakfast, right? Or lunch or dinner too?

  32. Bacon makes everything taste better. Just ask any teenager and they will let you know. Salty sweet is the new vogue so you are way hip this week. Have a super weekend. BAM

  33. Love oatmeal! These must have tasted extremely good with addition of white chocolate and apricots.

  34. I am still behind the times too and have yet to add bacon to a pudding, this sounds like an interesting combination!

  35. Cookies would be a tough thing for me to give up for sure. This sounds like such an intriguing combination. The more I think about it the better it gets.

  36. Interesting, Unique flavors.

    I LIKE! Xx

  37. The idea of bacon in desserts appeals to me because I love salt and sweet together more than anything. But, I’m not sure about the texture either. I think you’re right about it needing to be in small pieces.

  38. Sweet, chewy and salty!!! What a unique combination of 3 flavors we love!

  39. What a combination!! Bacon in sweet desserts is a big trend…one I will try one day. I would gladly help you finish the cookies in your freezer. 🙂

  40. Now that’s one creative cookie! Apricots and bacon – you know, that actually sounds pretty good!

  41. Love this variation on oatmeal cookies! I bet the apricots and bacon together were wonderful. I can practically taste it now. Lovely!

  42. Liz,
    I’ve never added bacon to cookies or desserts…yet. I’m dying to do it though. I might have to make your cookies my first try.

  43. Leave it to you to think of “cookies” when given a bacon and eggs challenge. 🙂 Thanks for the honesty that you probably won’t make them again. I’m sure that were tasty, but I think even my hubby who LOVES bacon and LOVES oatmeal cookies would have given me a funny look on these. They do look good and the fact they you ate them all says something. 🙂

  44. So original and so tempting! I wish I could taste this intriguing mixture of flavours, even though you said you wouldn’t make them again. I’m sure the experiment was worth it.

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