Father's Day Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied BACON

I have been holding onto Heidi Swanson's recipe for Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies (featured in Super Natural Cooking) for some time now -- just waiting for the rare day when I might stumble across Mesquite Flour in the grocery store. I was inspired to aggressively seek it out on Amazon when I had the epiphany that I should make the Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies for my dad as a Father's Day present.  However, there would be one manly modification....add BACON.  Okay, candied bacon...but still....BACON!

Side Note:  We were dog sitting Molly (the cute yellow lab that lives upstairs) at the time I made these cookies.  She watched me cook, candy, cut, and photograph bacon intently for at least 2 hours.  Just watching, waiting, wishing for me to drop something or give in to the love eyes.

But of course, I held my ground... NAHT.

Lord, Beer Me Bacon.

The smokey, rustic-ness of the mesquite flour and the subtle, sweet & salty bacon bits sneaking their way in between morsels of chocolate chips.... (cue the Tim the Tool Man Taylor grunts)

This was a MAN Cookie, no doubt about it.  The dudes that sampled one of these cookies -- my dad included -- really, really liked them.  Kind of mixed reviews from the ladies, though.  In this instance, I like to think Father Knows Best.

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