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Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies combine sweet, salty, buttery, and crunchy into one fantastic cookie!

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.

overhead view of Potato Chip Cookies on a wire rack

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.

Tips for Success

  • Measure accurately. Use a kitchen scale if you can. Otherwise, use the spoon and sweep method.
  • 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. 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.

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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


  • 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


  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 and crushed chips, mixing just until combined. Stir in the 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.


Recipe slightly adapted from CDKitchen.

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    3 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.

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