Potato Chip Cookies are the ultimate combination of salty and sweet. If you have ever enjoyed eating a bite of a cookie followed by a potato chip, you’re going to love these cookies. Simple to make, and oh so good!
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Potato Chip Cookie Recipe
We’ve all been there - craving something salty, but also craving something sweet. Sometimes, we just want both. If you’ve ever been torn between the two, this potato chip cookie recipe is for you. The potato chips add a kick of salt to a sweet, chewy cookie.
They’re delicious as an afternoon snack, a lunchbox treat, or just whenever that mood for salty and sweet hits.
What Makes These Potato Chip Cookies So Good?
There are so many ways to make potato chip cookies. What I like about this particular recipe is that it produces cookies that are salty, sweet, crunchy, and chewy. They check off all the boxes!
This recipe for potato chip cookies starts out similar to an oatmeal cookie, but the addition of crushed potato chips takes it to a whole new level. This really is the ultimate mashup cookie recipe!
Ingredients for Potato Chip Cookies
For this recipe, you’ll need a few basic pantry staples, plus a bag of chips. Nothing fancy, yet the results are an incredibly textured and flavored treat everyone will enjoy.
You’ll need the following:
- Butter - Make sure your butter is at room temperature.
- Sugar - For this recipe, we’re using both white and brown sugar. White sugar sweetens and gives structure to cookies, while brown sugar gives cookies a bit of moisture to make them chewy.
- All-purpose flour - bleached or unbleached is up to you.
- Eggs - These bind your ingredients together.
- Baking soda - this gives cookies a chewy texture.
- Finely crushed potato chips - for some saltiness and crunch.
- Oatmeal - use old-fashioned oats, not quick cook.
- Salt - to enhance flavor.
- Chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) - for extra crunch and nutty flavor.
- Vanilla - another enhancer. Without it, cookies taste bland.
How to Make Potato Chip Cookies
You’ll find the step-by-step instructions below, but here’s an overview of how to make these delicious cookies.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together in a bowl.
- Beat the eggs into the butter mixture.
- Add the flour, baking soda, potato chips, salt, oatmeal, nuts, and vanilla. Stir them into the wet ingredient mixture.
- Use a cookie dough scoop or a spoon to place your cookies on a baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated oven until the edges are golden brown and the centers are nearly set.
- Cool the cookies on the baking sheet.
Pro Tips for Making Potato Chip Cookies
- To crush the potato chips, place them in a zip-top bag, remove the excess air, seal the bag, and press down on them with a rolling pin.
- Use a cookie scoop to ensure all the cookies are the same size and cook evenly.
- For an accurate amount of flour, be sure to fluff the flour with a fork, then use a spoon to transfer it to a measuring cup. Then level it off with a knife.
- Chill the cookie dough before baking. This prevents the cookies from spreading out too much, becoming too thin and crispy.
What to Serve with Potato Chip Cookies
These cookies are perfect with a nice cup of tea, coffee, or hot cider. Of course, the only thing better than cookies is more cookies! You could make a batch of Union Station Cookies or these 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.
No matter what you decide to serve them with, these cookies are going to be a hit with everyone!
How to Store
Allow the cookies to cool completely. Transfer the cooled cookies to an airtight container and store them at room temperature for up to one week.
Can You Freeze Potato Chip Cookies?
Yes! You can freeze these potato chip cookies baked or unbaked for up to 3 months.
To freeze the cookie dough - Flash freeze the cookie dough bowls for at least two hours. When the balls are frozen solid, transfer them to freezer bags. Be sure to remove the excess air. You can make the cookies straight from the freezer, just add a minute or two to the baking time.
To freeze potato chip cookies - place the baked cookies into a freezer bag with parchment paper between each layer. Remove the excess air.
Origin of Potato Chip Cookies
The origin of potato chip cookies is a bit of a mystery. However, the source may be a home economics teacher in a small town outside Nashville, Tennessee, about 45 years ago. Also, a cookbook entitled Pass the Plate: The Collection from Christ Church contains a recipe for potato chip cookies. This collection was published in 1981 by the Episcopal Churchwomen and Friends of Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern, North Carolina. Check out this book on Amazon.
Potato Chip Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups finely crushed potato chips
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup chopped nuts pecans or walnuts
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, and mix well.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend.
- Drop on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.