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Truly Decadent Bacon Brownies

Author: PJ Hamel

Truly Decadent Bacon Brownies Recipe

Moist, dark fudge brownies with the smoky allure of crunchy bacon bits — what a tempting combination! Bacon, baked with brown sugar to "candy" it, is sprinkled atop the brownie batter just before baking. The result? Salt, sweet, and smoke in each delicious bite. Our thanks to the folks at Applegate for suggesting this recipe; we made these brownies with their Natural Sunday Bacon.

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16 brownies
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  • 8 ounces uncooked bacon, Applegate Natural Sunday Bacon preferred
  • brown sugar, to coat



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" square or 9" round pan.
  2. Spread the bacon in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet, and sprinkle it heavily with brown sugar, to coat.
  3. Bake the bacon for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it's crisp but not totally browned. Remove it from the oven, and place it on a plate or parchment to cool. Don't place it on paper towels; it'll stick. When the bacon is cool, crumble or chop it coarsely.
  4. To make the brownies: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugars, salt, flour, and espresso powder.
  5. Add the eggs, oil, and water, mixing just until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  6. Sprinkle the candied bacon atop the brownies.
  7. Bake the brownies for about 35 minutes (in the 8" square pan), or 25 to 30 minutes (in the 9" round pan). When done, a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean, or with a few damp crumbs clinging to it.
  8. Remove the brownies from the oven, and serve warm. Or cool to room temperature and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 58g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 220
  • Calories from Fat 80
  • Total Fat 9g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 200mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 32g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Protein 5g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.