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April 16, 2010

Potato Chip Cookies


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! 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!



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Potato Chip Cookies

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

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix in the crushed potato chips and pecans. Gradually stir in the flour until just blended.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls on a parchment lined baking sheets. Criss-cross the top using a fork dipped in water.

Bake until edges are lightly browned. Cool on racks.


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42 Comments:

Blogger angelina said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Mama Peck said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 12:59 AM  
Anonymous MaryMoh said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 2:37 AM  
Blogger Fotobloggen 2010 said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 2:48 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger kat said...

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...

April 16, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous tasteofbeirut said...

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.

April 16, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger teresacooks said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Rambling Tart said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Stephany said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Stephany said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

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

April 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

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!

April 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

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

April 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

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!

April 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

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.

April 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

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

April 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM  
OpenID biz319 said...

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

Hope you are enjoying the spring weather!

April 17, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

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.

April 17, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

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

April 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

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! ;)

April 17, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

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!

April 18, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

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

April 18, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Raina said...

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.

April 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

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

April 20, 2010 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger How To: Simplify said...

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

April 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Clarice said...

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!

April 22, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger görel said...

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 ...

April 24, 2010 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

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!

April 25, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

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