A special cookie in honor of the King. Elvis Presley was famous for liking peanut butter and ‘nanners. Probably chocolate chip cookies, too — because who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies??? But I’m not so sure about bacon and pretzels. He may have liked them. Or not. Maybe as a snack and a part of breakfast, respectively. The record seems to be quiet on that one. Still someone thought they ought to be part of the Elvis Cookie. So there you are.
He was famous for a few other things too. Upsetting the older generation for one thing. So I hear. But then the older generation is always getting upset about something. “Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.” Elvis Presley in 1956, talking about his way of moving on stage. Elvis made some movies. Sang some songs , like this one. . .
My hands are shaky and my knees are weak
I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
I’m in love
I’m all shook up
– Elvis Presley, All Shook Up
Or this one. . .
Are you lonesome tonight,
do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?
– Elvis Presley, Are You Lonesome Tonight
I love music of all kinds from Vivaldi to Daft Punk. Elvis doesn’t usually make my playlist but I heard “Are You Lonesome Tonight” recently. Gets me everytime. And then I saw this recipe for Elvis Cookies with Peanut Butter and ‘nanners’ in the Food Network Magazine. So there you are.
I baked these and took them to a family reunion — always looking for new taste testers. The photos for this disappeared. Poof! Just like Elvis, they left the building! Nowhere to be found. Except for this single shot with my cellphone. Luckily I took pictures of some of the desserts that graced the potluck tables or I wouldn’t even had had this. What was their reaction? With only one exception (Love ya, Rosa!) they agreed one was enough. And that was followed by a tentative “maybe if you left the bacon out” . . . . See what you think.
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
- 2 tablespoon of molasses
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 2½ cups flour
- 1½ cups chocolate chips
- ¾ cup crushed pretzels
- 10 bacon strips, cooked crisp and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray OR line with parchment paper.
- Cut bacon into half inch pieces and cook over medium heat, turning frequently, until crisp. Let cool on paper towels to absorb the grease.
- In large bowl mix the sugar, butter, peanut butter, molasses, vanilla, baking powder and salt until well mixed.
- Add bananas and mix well.
- Add flour, mix gently into banana mixture.
- Fold in chocolate chips, pretzel bits and bacon pieces.
- Chill dough in refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
- Scoop dough into balls about the size of a walnut, using cookie scoop or two spoons to shape. Place about two inches apart on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 13-14 minutes until golden on the bottom and around the edges. Center will be somewhat soft. Let set for 5 – 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.
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