Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Viola Keele's Potato Chip Cookies

Even though I have a sweet tooth, I adore potato chips and was especially excited when I uncovered this gem of a recipe, buried deep inside a c. 1960s recipe box.   What could be better than the sweet and salty combination promised by these unusual cookies?

The recipe called for butterscotch chips, but having none on hand at 11 p.m.when I made these, I substituted chocolate chips.  I also bought some sort of yuppie gourmet potato chips, which I wouldn't recommend for this.  Stick with something basic.  

These couldn't be easier to make, especially if you start with room temperature butter.  It's fun to crush the potato chips; just put them in a plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin or wine bottle.

Using a small ice cream scoop makes quick work of the most boring part of cookie making -- forming the cookies.  And placing a sheet of parchment on the cookie tin eliminates the need to wash the pan.  You can reuse the parchment for the entire batch. 

The verdict?  These cookies are not overly sweet (or salty, for that matter) and if I make them again, I'll use butterscotch chips, which are sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate. I was somewhat disappointed with these, i.e., I thought they'd be sooooo much better, that the unusual combination would create some new taste sensation.  However, my tasters loved them and they disappeared pretty quickly.    Proving once again that if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, taste is in the mouth of the eater.


  1. have you ever tried chocolate covered potato chips? divine.

  2. Peggy: That taste sensation was exactly what I was trying for -- though thought ramping it up in a cookie form would be even better. Proving again that sometimes simple and direct is best.

  3. What a fun blog! I love this idea. The quarter next to the cookie was a great reference for all of us cooking from your recipes at home!

  4. Thanks, Katie! So funny, but I put the point of reference quarter there when I realized I had forgotten to photograph the finished cookies and had just one left. Alone, it looked huge in the photo; hence, the quarter to show the scale.