Candied Bacon Brownies with Walnuts

Candied Bacon Brownies/ {i love} my disorganized life #BrunchWeek #bacon #brownies


Candied Bacon Brownies are the perfect combination of  salty and sweet.

I love bacon. Mostly with eggs or on a sandwich. One thing I could never get into though was bacon on a donut. Or in a dessert, for that matter.

That all changed with these brownies.

Recently, I was fortunate to be able to attend a series of cooking classes {six in all} taught by some of the best chefs in Tucson. Chef Greystone LaPoint from BrushFire BBQ Co. was one of the chefs. He was awesome. He spoiled us with incredible beef and pork recipes.

And these brownies. My mouth was literally watering when I saw them on the menu! {and then, of course, it actually did water when I ate one}

I had never made candied anything, either, especially bacon. It was very easy, and even kind of fun, to make. I brought one home for Mark, and he loved them. 

I made them at home for the family, and they loved them as well.

My cousin is a huge fan of bacon in a dessert, so I’ve already promised to make them for him while he’s here on leave from the Army at the end of the month. He’s pretty excited about it.

I’m also making a whole 9 x 13 pan {with or without walnuts} of them for one lucky bidder at the Baking for Kate Bake Sale. You can see more details here.


Yields 12

#BrunchWeek: Candied Bacon Brownies with Walnuts

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 lb bacon {yes, a whole pound!}
  • 1 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick butter {1/2 C}
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar plus 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2/3 C chopped California Walnuts, {if desired}


  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Saute bacon until almost crispy, remove from pan and and finely chop.
  3. Drain grease from pan, reserving a 'splash' {I used a couple of teaspoons}
  4. Return bacon to pan and add 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp brown sugar, heating and stirring until coated. Remove to paper towel
  5. In saucepan on low heat, melt butter and chocolate until smooth
  6. Pour into large bowl, scrapping sides
  7. Beat in 1 C white sugar, 1/2 C brown sugar and the splash of bacon fat.
  8. Beat in eggs until smooth
  9. Mix cocoa & flour and sift in; beat until smooth
  10. Mix in 1/2 C bacon and California Walnuts {if using}, pour into buttered 9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle remaining bacon on top
  11. Bake for 45-60 minutes
  12. Allow to cool before cutting


Makes 12 large {and very rich} brownies



***I was given a complimentary bag of California Walnuts for participating in #BrunchWeek. The decision to write about them or use them in a recipe was completely my own and not required. No additional compensation was given to me for including them in a recipe***

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  1. says

    Bacon and chocolate, what a great combination. Some people are turned off by it, but I’m a believer. These brownies look great.

  2. says

    I hope my last meal included bacon and chocolate. These brownies look pretty amazing!!

  3. says

    I just had candied bacon recently and then add chocolate!! OH MY HEAVENS, YES!!!

    • says

      So long as he knows he has to share. A whole pan could seriously put him in a sugar coma! LOL

  4. says

    I’m visiting from 365 Days of Baking / Wicked Good Wednesdays post and pinned your brownies. They look fabulous.
    Hope you get the chance to check out my NY Cheesecake.

  5. says

    Wow, that’s a lot of bacon in this brownie recipe and I’m SOOOO excited to give this one a try. Pinning!!! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  6. Niki says

    I took these out at the 40 minute mark and they were so incredibly dry and tasted scorched. There was nothing gooey or soft about them. I’m a baker by trade so I know how to follow instructions. Not sure why this was such a failure. Also, in your instructions, you do not say when to add the flour and cocoa powder.
    I will just use my own go to, no fail brownie recipe and add the candied bacon to that. Glad it worked for the rest of yall.

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