Smoky, sweet and slightly salty. This cookie is made from the best part of a brownie (the crisp edges), and it's filled with Marshmallow Fluff and banana jam. The idea of calling this cookie "burnt ends" came to while dining at my favorite barbecue restaurant. Their brisket ends are called "burnt ends." This is my sweet version, using crispy brownie brittle for a lighter brownie experience.
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For the brownie brittle: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Set a large saute pan over medium heat until hot, then add the ground bacon. Cook, stirring often, until the tiny pieces of bacon are well cooked and crispy (think bacon bites at a salad bar). Be careful, the tiny pieces tend to pop and become airborne. Remove all the bacon and save all the bacon fat by pouring through a fine strainer, capturing every drop of fat. Set the bacon bits aside. Measure out 4 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Mix in the vanilla extract, set aside and keep warm.
Put the egg whites in a medium bowl and whisk for 1 minute until frothy. (Alternatively, use an electric mixer.) Gradually sprinkle in the sugar, whisking until the whites are thick, fluffy and forming ribbons when the whisk is lifted from the bowl. Carefully fold a quarter of the whipped whites unto the dry ingredients. Gently fold that mixture into the remaining egg whites. Fold in the bacon bits, the warm bacon fat, and the toffee pieces.
Spray two perfectly flat sheet pans with nonstick spray. Divide the brittle mixture between the two pans and spread evenly, keeping the brittle very thin. Bake until fully baked (we're aiming for a crisp brittle-like texture), 12 to 14 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes. Reduce the oven to 275 degrees F.
Break up the brownie brittle into random shapes and sizes, leaving them on the sheet pans. Bake until very crisp, another 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
To serve, you can make a traditional brownie brittle sandwich filled with Marshmallow Fluff and banana jam: Take a spoonful of banana jam and top it with a spoonful of fluff. Or, place the brownie brittle in a large bowl (think chips and salsa) and fill bowls with Marshmallow Fluff and the banana jam. Have your guests make their own desserts. Great for kids' birthday parties.