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Potato Chip Cookies

Potato chip cookies are the ultimate salty and sweet treat. They’re easy to make, and they’re always a hit with family and friends. If you’re looking for a new cookie recipe to try, this is the one for you!

stack of Potato Chip Cookies on a white plate

Potato Chip Cookies

The first time I ever tried Potato Chip Cookies, I knew I had to try making them myself. They perfectly meld sweet with salty and crunchy with buttery. Seriously, these are some really good cookies.

If you’ve never had Potato Chip Cookies, the idea may seem like an odd one. But I think you’ll be surprised by just how well the combination of flavors and textures works.

These cookies also get some bonus points for being easy to make with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. I don’t always have potato chips on hand, but these are a wonderfully easy baking project when I do. The other ingredients are basic baking ingredients that you’ll likely have if you bake with any regularity.

The rustic look of these Potato Chip Cookies is appealing as well. Thanks to the potato chips and nuts, they’re a bit lumpy and bumpy. That pecan half on top of each cookie is not a must, but I do like the additional color and crunch they add.

ingredients for making Potato Chip Cookies

What You’ll Need

Besides the basics, you will (of course!) need potato chips. See my note below about what kind of chips to use.

  • Unsalted butter – Set out the butter about half an hour before baking to allow it to soften.
  • Granulated sugar – In addition to the sugar in the cookies, set aside another 3 tablespoons of sugar in a shallow bowl for topping the cookies.
  • Egg yolk – Set out the egg along with the butter so it can come to room temperature. Remember that eggs separate more easily when they’re cold, so do that step first.
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour – Measure by weight or use the spoon and sweep method.
  • Potato chips – Crush these so they’re in pieces, not a powder.
  • Pecans – You’ll need chopped nuts for the dough as well as pecan halves for topping each cookie. Feel free to substitute another nut if you prefer.

What Kind of Potato Chips to Use

Choose a classic potato chip with no extra flavors. You can use plain, rippled, wavy… whatever you like! Kettle chips work well, too, and tend to maintain their crispiness more so than regular chips.

How to Make Potato Chip Cookies

You’ll love how easy these sweet and salty cookies are to make! And there’s no chill time!

Prepare for baking. Heat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Mix the wet ingredients. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until the mixture is fluffy and lightened in color.

Add the flour, potato chips, and chopped nuts. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour. Stir in the potato chips and the chopped pecans.

Portion and shape the cookies. Using about 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls and place 3 inches apart on the prepared pans. I like to use a scoop for portioning before rolling the dough.

Flatten the cookies. Dip a flat-bottomed glass coated in cooking spray into the small bowl of sugar you set aside earlier. Use the sugar-coated glass to flatten each cookie. Place a pecan half on top of each cookie.

overhead view of Potato Chip Cookie dough on a baking sheet

Bake. Place one pan of cookies at a time in the heated oven, and bake 8 to 10 minutes. When the cookies are done, they’ll be golden brown.

Cool the cookies. Place the pans on a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes. Then carefully transfer the cookies from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

overhead view of Potato Chip Cookies on a wire rack

Tips for Success

  • Don’t over-crush the potato chips. You want small pieces, not crumbs, so you can feel the crunch of them in the cookies.
  • Flatten the cookies. These cookies need a little help in spreading to get the shape you see here. Also, dipping a glass in sugar before flattening them adds a little extra sweetness and a bit of crunch to the cookies.
  • Don’t crowd the cookies on the pan. While these cookies won’t spread a large amount, they will spread some. So be sure to leave space between the cookies to allow some spreading room. Also, the cookies will bake more evenly if they aren’t crowded on the pans.
  • Be careful with the cookies when transferring them to the rack to cool. Potato Chip Cookies can be a little delicate when it’s time to transfer them to a rack. If you have a small cookie spatula, that will make transferring them easier.
Potato Chip Cookies on a white plate and on a wire rack

How to Store Leftovers

Once the cookies have cooled completely, place them in an airtight container. They should keep up to 4 days, although they’ll be at their best within the first couple of days.

How to Freeze Potato Chip Cookies

To freeze the baked cookies, simply place the cooled cookies in a freezer-safe container or sealable bag. Store properly, they should keep in the freezer up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving, or thaw for an hour or two on your countertop.

You can also freeze the unbaked cookie dough. Portion and shape as directed in the recipe, placing the cookies on a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze until solid (about 2 hours) and then transfer to a freezer-safe container or sealable bag. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, place them on a baking sheet and bake as directed, adding an extra minute or two to the baking time.

Potato Chip Cookies

Yield 30 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

A sweet and salty favorite!

stack of Potato Chip Cookies on a white plate

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup crushed potato chips
  • 3/4 cup (90g) finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons sugar for dipping
  • 30 pecan halves for the tops of the cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour, mixing just until combined or a few streaks fo flour remain. Stir in the crushed chips and pecans.
  4. Using about 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, form the dough into balls. Place 3 inches apart on the prepared pans.
  5. Lightly coat a flat-bottomed glass with cooking spray.
  6. Dip the glass into the sugar and then flatten each ball of cookie dough.
  7. Place a pecan half on top of each cookie.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from CDKitchen.

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    5 Comments on “Potato Chip Cookies”

  1. Potato chips in a cookie? Crazy! Actually I’ve heard of these before, but I’ve never tried them. It scares me a little. But if they were free, I’d certainly try them too.

  2. loved your web site

  3. I LOVE these cookies. My grandma used to always have them on hand when we came to visit. I posted her recipe yesterday, and I think it’s a good one.

  4. I’ve made these cookies many times. My whole family loves them. Just the right sweetness and love the texture of the cookie 

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