11 Bacon Desserts That Can Cure Sweet and Savory Cravings in the Same Bite

Candied Bacon-Sweet Potato Cupcakes
Photo: Karla Conrad

Since everything's better with it, we're sharing our favorite bacon desserts of all time! From bacon cakes to bacon cookies and so much more, one bite is all you need to be convinced that these savory strips aren't just for breakfast and BLTs. Put the refrigerator staple to delicious use in these crowd-pleasing bacon recipes.

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Bacon-Caramel Rolls

Bacon-Caramel Rolls
Blaine Moats

Here's a bacon recipe that can play double duty as tonight's dinner dessert and tomorrow's brunch. Since the recipe calls for starting with frozen bread dough, these rolls are a cinch to whip up no matter what time of day you plan to serve them. A simple homemade caramel sauce, crumbled bacon, and chopped pecans team up to make these spiral-shaped rolls taste like you ordered them from a fancy bakery. It can be your little secret that they're semi-homemade!

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Candied Bacon Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Candied Bacon-Sweet Potato Cupcakes
Karla Conrad

These are not your standard box cake mix cupcakes. To make them, simply mix mashed sweet potatoes and crisp bacon bits into the batter, then bake, cool, and pipe bourbon-cream cheese frosting on top. To finish off the homemade cupcakes, dust with cinnamon sugar and add—you guessed it!—even more bacon.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Bacon Layer Cake

Chocolate-Hazelnut Bacon Layer Cake
Karla Conrad

Our entire Test Kitchen went nuts the first time we sampled this over-the-top chocolate cake. That's because there's a little nutty, savory flair hiding inside every bite of the chocolate-bacon cake. We mixed it into the batter and the chocolate-hazelnut filling before coating the lovely layer cake in a rich chocolate ganache. To hint at the flavors hiding inside, crown the cake with chopped toasted hazelnuts and crumbled crisp-cooked bacon.

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Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Oatmeal

Peanut Butter, Banana & Bacon Oatmeal
Andy Lyons

Admittedly, oatmeal recipes are often firmly in breakfast territory. But the TikTok food trend of baked oats has us reconsidering the limits of oatmeal, and this rendition certainly eats more like a cake. Think of this bacon "dessert" like a spoonable PB&J, plus bacon, all baked into a warm cast-iron creation. One BH&G reader says "my kids LOVED this."

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Mini Bacon Waffles

Mini Bacon & Egg Bakes
Blaine Moats

Waffles aren't just for breakfast and brunch anymore! With crispy bacon inside and a generous drizzle of maple syrup on top, these mini waffles make a terrific dessert option for breakfast-lovers. Stack a few of these minis on top of each other for a makeshift maple bacon "cake."

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Bacon-Laced Chocolate Cake

Katrina's Bacon-Laced Chocolate Cake
Andy Lyons

One layer of chocolate cake is good. Two are even better, especially when you stuff said cakes with a layer of bacon-studded homemade frosting! Since there's no actual bacon in the cake batter, this indulgent dessert is a terrific chocolate-bacon dessert to consider if you're craving just a hint of smoky flavor.

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BLT Dessert Bites

BLT Dessert Bites
Andy Lyons

Honey shortbread cookies act as the "bread" for these BLT sandwiches, and sweet tomato jam and candied bacon bits put a sweet spin on the classic filling. Missing the lettuce? Just add a few microgreens to the middle of these creative bacon cookie sandwiches.

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Bacon-Apple Mini Empanadas

Mini Bacon & Egg Bakes
Blaine Moats

Making homemade empanadas goes so much faster when you start with puff pastry dough. For a far-from-traditional yet totally tasty twist on the Mexican hand pies, fill thawed dough with bacon, apple, and sweet onions. Then simply bake the mini bacon apple pies and top with a spoonful of caramel sauce. (Ooh, or salted caramel!)

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Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza

Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza
Blaine Moats

A slice of dessert pizza is already pretty irresistible if you ask us. But when there's bacon involved, chances are high that the sweet-and-savory pie will disappear even faster! Cream cheese and feta cheese replaces mozzarella and Parmesan in this bacon dessert pizza, while a brown sugar and chili powder coating gives each strip of bacon a sugary and mildly spicy finish. All of the above play nicely with the fresh pear slices.

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Bacon-and-Crumb-Topped Plum Crisp

Bacon-and-Crumb-Topped Plum Crisp
Blaine Moats

Meat is probably among the last things you'd consider adding to grandma's fruit cobbler or crisp. But a single serving of this bacon sweet recipe will be enough to convince you bacon and stone fruit (or berries or any other fruit you'd like to crisp-ify) are absolute dessert BFFs. The salty and savory accentuate both the warm baking spices and the sweet fruit filling. The only thing that could make this even better? A scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Bacon and Apple Waffles

Apple-Infused Carrots with Bacon
Andy Lyons

Over the years, we've waffled everything from cookies to chocolate layer cakes to ice cream tacos. And now, we're waffling up a bacon dessert that is full of fall flavor. Vanilla, apple, and syrup lend pie-like vibes, while bacon in the batter and crumbles on top makes those sweet elements taste even sweeter.

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