Potato Chip Cookies

by Michelle on April 16, 2010

My Mom was not an ordinary 1960’s cook or homemaker. She would not allow TV Dinners although we begged her to buy us those yucky things every time we were at the grocery store. Mom would not let us eat sugary foods for breakfast like Fruit Loops or Captain Crunch, it was either Cheerios, Corn Flakes or Oatmeal! And she never, and I mean never, made anything from a box. My Mom also canned all summer long, made bread several times a week and sewed the majority of our clothing. I know most people have fond memories of their Grandmother kneading bread dough and canning Strawberry Jam but this was my Mom! And my sister and I cook just like my Mom did and in turn so do my nieces and yes we all sew and knit and the list goes on. “My Mother, Myself” is coming to mind which I think is a title of a book that I read sometime way back when.

But sometimes you just have to make something because it sounds like fun and that’s how I feel about the Potato Chip Cookies. Although this is my Mom’s recipe, I don’t remember her ever making them. And when I asked her about it, she outright said and in a rather disgusted tone of voice “No and I don’t think that’s my recipe either.” But one thing I did before I left Michigan was to copy, one at a time, all of my Mom’s recipes in her handwritten 3″ by 5″ card file. And I know that I copied this recipe because I dated it and it has “Mom” written on the top line! LOL!

I’ve wanted to try the Potato Chip Cookies for a long time now but I honestly did not think I would like them. But they actually were a very buttery, rich cookie that tastes great with my afternoon latte! They tasted like a very buttery pecan sandie with a nice salty crunch! I put the cookies in my Great Grama’s Cookie Jar that always sits on my kitchen counter and the jar was empty within three days! So I wasn’t the only one that thought they were good!

Potato Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup crushed potato chips
1 cup chopped pecans

1. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
2. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix in the crushed potato chips and pecans. Gradually stir in the flour until just blended.
3. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on a parchment lined baking sheets. Criss-cross the top using a fork dipped in water.
4. Bake at 350 degrees until edges are lightly browned. Cool on racks.

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  • angelina April 16, 2010 at 5:23 am

    you are killin me.
    i’m making those tonite!!!!

  • Karen April 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

    This is an unbelievable hoot! I just had my first potato chip cookie last Wednesday. I vowed I would find a recipe. And here it is! How funny. They are absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for posting this.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

  • Mama Peck April 16, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I love unique recipes too. These are very intriguing. Putting them on my ‘must try’ list. :)

  • MaryMoh April 16, 2010 at 7:37 am

    That’s interesting to use potato chips. Thanks for sharing. Looks crunchy and delicious.

  • Fotobloggen 2010 April 16, 2010 at 7:48 am

    seems like an odd ingrediens in cookies but I sure would like to try, the problem is the chips as I stopped buying thema while ago- this will however give me a reason to get a package .-)

    christina, sweden

  • Amy April 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Was going to wash my house this morning but read your blog and had a little leftover salt chips left and had to try this…YUM…so good! Thanks for the recipe! Now….off to clean my house…have a super weekend!

  • Allie and Pattie April 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Too funny Michelle! My Mom WAS the 1960’s cook, but my grandmothers were definitely not and I’m like them. We tease all the time about Mom being the only Italian mama ever who really can’t cook! (though she sees herself as an Italian Martha Stewart-shhhhh)
    xoxo Pattie

  • Angie's Recipes April 16, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Potato chip in cookies! Wow…that sounds just fun, crunchy, and delicious!

  • Joanne April 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I have my apprehensions about these cookies as well but to be honest, I’ve heard good things about them! They definitely LOOK good!

  • Bonnie April 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Never had this “American Classic”. They are so pretty. I might have to try making these soon.

  • mrs. c April 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I made these years ago, you know how recipes “catch on” and eveybody makes it and then it goes away! Thanks for sharing! Hey did you ever make that hot pineapple, cheddar cheese, and cracker cassrole? I made it years ago and rediscovered while looking through my old recipe box! What fun!

  • kat April 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Makes sense to me with the salty & sweet. I think its amazing how so many people are trying to get back to that time with baking & canning, etc…

  • tasteofbeirut April 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Love the recollections about mom! I have an old cookbook that would have been used by her generation and it has that recipe in it and all the chiffon pies your little heart desires! Great recipe.

  • Tracy April 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    These look wonderful! I can’t have pecans, so I almost want to put bacon in them instead. What’s wrong with me?! 😉

  • Joanna April 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    OMG Michelle, now I know what to do with the rest of my Food Should Taste Good cinnamon chips! I bet they’d be amazing in this recipe!

  • teresacooks April 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    these actually sound delicious! My son’s 2 favorite things, potato chips and cookies combined.

  • Mary April 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    This is one of those rare recipes that shouldn’t work but does :-). These really sound delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Brian + Cheryl B. April 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Michelle :-}

    I read the title of this posting and thought, “Really?” then figured it would be one I’d just delete. But my goodness do those look good. Buttery and Pecanie and scrumptious. Bother! Not I want to try them ;-p

    I was a child of the sixties and seventies and to this day don’t think of Tuna Casserole except to think of the crushed potato chips on top. Macaroni noodles, tuna, cream of mushroom soup, peas, a SMALL amount of dryed minced onion (my dad is an extreme anti onion person), and crushed potato chips on top. An A-Typical 60’s casserole :-}

    “My” Kate will be done with this semesters classes in three weeks, and she only has one class this summer, so just yesterday she told me that in about three and a half weeks we are going to start doing a lot of cooking and baking together. If I am still battling this darn Vertigo, she can do all of the getting pans in and out of the oven. There are a couple of “our fav’s” we want to make, and then we are going to venture into trying a bunch of the recipes one or the other of us have saved while blogging. This recipe is now on that list!!!!!

    Hope your camera class goes good tomarrow!

  • Rambling Tart April 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Your Mom sounds just like my Mum! :-) I love it! I can just imagine the fabulous saltiness the chips would add. :-)

  • Stephany April 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I’m a horrible baker, but I just may have to give this a go. Potato chip cookies are too much to resist. Thanks for posting!

  • Stephany April 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I’m a horrible baker, but potato chip cookies are too good to pass up. I’m going to give it a try. Love the recipe. Thank you for posting!

  • Heather April 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    So making these. My father taught me how to make potato chip pancakes… or was it waffles… i don’t remember but after I make these, I am finding that recipe and whipping up a batch. Viva la potato chip!

  • teresa April 17, 2010 at 1:48 am

    these make me so happy! what a fun story, and the cookies look delicious!

  • Pam April 17, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Someone awhile back asked me about potato chip cookies, now if I can only remember who.

  • Chow and Chatter April 17, 2010 at 1:54 am

    oh I bet this is good with a crunch and saltiness your mum sounds fun though

  • Cookin' Canuck April 17, 2010 at 2:52 am

    It sounds like your mum and my mum are cut from the same cloth. These cookies are like a dream come true. Sweet and salty in a cookie – love it!

  • Mimi April 17, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Years a go I had a patient that brought us potato chip cookies, and they were good. I always wished I had the recipe. Thank You.
    Mimi

  • Ezzie April 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you so much for the cookie recipe! I received the ingredients in a jar as a gift one time but didn’t have the recipe. I made them up and Wayne one of our neighbors was over the moon for him. Since yesterday, the 16th, was his 81st birthday, I think I’ll make him a batch today! NOW that I have the recipe! Thank you again!

  • Kayte April 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I think I would like these, salt and sugar go together so well on my tongue! They look easy and nice on that plate! Fun to read about your memories of your family.

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen April 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Oh my goodness these look fabulous! I wonder if chocolate chips could be added…

  • biz319 April 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I remember a similar cookie recipe in my grandma’s cookbook, but I never made them before!

    Hope you are enjoying the spring weather!

  • Kathleen April 18, 2010 at 12:58 am

    We never had a TV dinner either, and I only remember Cheerios! I remember begging for Jiffy Top Popcorn.
    The cookies look delicious. My mom didn’t bake much when we were little..4 kids and she did everything herself…plus I had a sister who was in a wheelchair her whole life, so she didn’t have time to bake…Nice to have your mom’s recipes.

  • Lori E April 18, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Cookies and chips? Together? Oh I have gone to heaven. Thank you.

  • Katrina April 18, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Fun! I have a kid’s cookbook that I’ve had forever and it has a potato chip cookie in it. Because cookies just need that added fried food boost! 😉

  • Barbara Bakes April 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    So funny your mom denies it’s her recipe. Potato chips in cookies make sense to me now because of the whole sea salt on sweets thing going on now. They look really tasty!

  • Kim April 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I bet the potato chips add just the right amount of salt to make them tasty. You know that kids would definitely love these cookies:D

  • Raina April 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    These sound great. I have never heard of potato chip cookies, but I cannot imagine anything having potato chips in them that wasn’t. I think my kids will love them! Thanks.

  • Danielle April 20, 2010 at 5:19 am

    haha…my mom wouldn’t buy tv dinners either…and no captain crunch or poptarts in her pantry. She didn’t bake though (and would use a box cake mix) but she cooked every night. yep…needlework, sewing, crocheting….it’s all there! :)
    What a funny recipe. I would never have imagined potato chips in a cookie recipe! they do look good

  • How To: Simplify April 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try baking cookies with crushed potato chips. These sound great!

  • Clarice April 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I like this story, thanks! I’m glad you were brave enough to try these cookies, and I’m glad they turned out good.

    I look forward to seeing your new site!

  • görel April 25, 2010 at 4:45 am

    I read potato chips and was thinking “Oh no, one of those American ingredients that I can’t easily get my hands on”, when I suddenly realized that it probably means just those potato chips that you snack on in front of a movie, right?

    I love your story about your mother. My mother was like that too, only she would have been old enough to be your grandmother. I had ambitions, but didn’t really make it …

  • Ezzie April 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I’m adding a second comment here Michelle because I made these cookies and blogged about them. Go to http://brewmaven.blogspot.com/2010/04/borrowing-from-other-and-homemade.html. This is a fun recipe and I only wish I had my granddaughter around to help me make them!

  • Ezzie Brody April 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

    It’s difficult to belive that it’s “that time of year again”, but it is…Wayne’s birthday I mean. He’s my neighbor 2 doors down who makes me breakfast every Saturady, almost evey anyway. It’s his birthday and I started a tradition of making these for his birthday. He loves them so much, and told me so the first time I made them from this recipe! This year I had to substitute walnuts because my hubby ate all the pecans. sigh. Oh well. I know that Wayne will enjoy them anyway! Thanks again for such a great recipe!

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