Update July 2019:
Back in 2011, I shared this Bacon Hearts Recipe with my readers for a budget Valentine’s Day idea, and everyone loved it. It’s been all over the internet and even featured in Ladies’ Home Journal (do you remember that magazine?). It’s been up on the blog for so long without any updates, so today I’ve decided to republish this recipe with updated tips and photos.
Tips for Baking that Bacon:
- The thing about this recipe is it needs a strip of thick and floppy bacon to work. If the bacon is too thin, it falls apart. If it’s thick but stiff, it will not bend into the heart shape.
- Be sure to keep an eye on your bacon while it’s baking. It can go from looking good to burnt in a short amount of time.
- If this is your first time making bacon hearts, maybe try baking a single piece as a trial run?
- A few readers have suggested using toothpicks to hold the heart shape together while baking. Soak the toothpicks in water before baking, so they don’t burn.
Bacon Hearts Recipe:
- 12 slices of thick and floppy bacon
- baking sheet
- Preheat your oven to 400.
- Cut the bacon slices in half.
- Using two pieces of the cut in half bacon, shape them into a heart on a sheet pan. Be sure the sheet pan has sides on it to keep the grease from dripping in the oven.
- Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until cooked. Keep an eye on the bacon hearts while they cook! They can easily burn.
- When your hearts are done baking, place them on a paper towel to catch the bacon grease.
- These hearts are delicious on eggs, toast, salads, and more!
Now that your bacon hearts are cooked serve them on a fancy plate or a pretty box and share with your loved one. To transform this into a treat, maybe think about dipping the bacon heart in chocolate?
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SO Cute! I finally tried this this morning but some of them came apart. I think using thicker bacon might help with getting them to stand up like yours. I also sprinkled them with a tiny bit of brown sugar and cayenne pepper… OH MY!
Brown sugar and cayenne? Oh man! Yum!
Also… I've learned that some bacon just doesn't work. Some of it just needs to be "floppy".
I am making this right now. I folded the slices in half (long ways) since they were a little on the thin side and I covered the plans in foil to prevent burning.
Good idea! Enjoy!
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I made them this morning 😛 http://i44.tinypic.com/2ez1zcy.jpg
Except I ended up using two strips of bacon for each heart instead of cutting them in half. I couldn't get the half-strips to stay like yours did!
Thanks again for the cute idea. 🙂
Very cute! Yay!
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Love this idea! Sweet, funny and tasty!
How about you top a cupcake with that???? For Vday
I did that this year. 🙂
you are a bacon GENIUS! Love the idea, cant wait to try it 😉
oh so cute!!! 🙂 perfect for Valentine's day breakfast 🙂
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In the South we always say… "Love your heart!" in the same way people say "Bless Your Heart!"
Well I love your heart (bacon), very very much – and I would "hug your neck" if I saw you just for introducing me to it. Greetings from TN!