Cheese, marvelous cheese!Bacon Cheddar Cookies: A Total Victory Steampunk Dessert

(From The Steampunk Cookbook.)

It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more we find ridiculous food is actually delicious.

-Alternative History Nikola Tesla

No, you didn’t get hit with a Confusion spell. These are savory cookies that can be eaten alone or crumbled over a salad. Either way, it’s a head trip you don’t want to miss!

You can always double down on the bacon, if you want.  Feel free to increase the number of bacon slices in this recipe.

Actually, you MIGHT have been hit with a Confusion spell.  But you might also simply have been drinking absinthe with Picasso and Tesla, and awakened with brilliant ideas for a mixture of flavours.  Enjoy it now, and don’t let Thomas Edison steal your great ideas!


Skill Level: 2


4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped finely
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 stick softened butter, cut into cubes
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons heavy cream

In a large skillet over medium high heat cook the chopped bacon until very crisp.  Drain on paper towel.

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the flour, cayenne pepper, butter, egg, egg yolk, and cream.  Mix until well combined.

Add the shredded cheese and crisp bacon to the work bowl and mix on low speed until combined.

Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured board and roll into a log about 1 1/2″ around.  Wrap the log in plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours up to overnight.

During the last half hour of chilling heat your oven to 350°F.

Once chilled slice into 1/4″ thick disks and place about 1/2″ apart on an un-greased cookie sheet (you could also cut it in half, roll each half flat and use your favorite cookie cutter).

Bake for 18 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are just turning golden around the edges and the cookies are firm to the touch. 

Cool on a rack until they are slightly warm.