Potato Chip Cookies have long been a cherished tradition in our family, a unique twist on the classic shortbread cookie. They melt in your mouth, offering a delightful blend of buttery sweetness and salty crunch from the crushed chips. These cookies not only taste irresistible but also add a beautiful, snowy look to any cookie spread.
Baking holiday cookies is a big deal in our family. It’s a time when everyone gets together in the kitchen, having a blast making different kinds of cookies. We all help out, from rolling out dough to adding decorations. The Potato Chip Cookies are a must-have in our holiday baking. They’re always included in the cookie boxes we make every year to give to friends and family.
These cookies are a bit different but really tasty, and everyone looks forward to them. It’s fun to see how much everyone enjoys these cookies, which have become a special part of our holiday tradition.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Crushed Potato Chips: Who doesn’t love the extra crunch and fun twist that potato chips bring to these cookies? It’s like a surprise party in every bite!
- Buttery Goodness: The rich, buttery base of these cookies makes them utterly irresistible. It’s like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket of deliciousness!
- Simple Ingredients, Big Flavor: With everyday ingredients like flour, sugar, and vanilla, these cookies are easy to whip up, yet they pack a flavor punch that will have everyone reaching for seconds.
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- Salted Butter: Essential for richness and flavor, salted butter is the foundation of these cookies. If you prefer less salt, unsalted butter works just as well.
- Sugar: Use white granulated sugar for to cream with the butter and create the base of the cookie.
- All-Purpose Flour: This is what gives the cookies their structure. For a gluten-free option, this recipe will work with a 1:1 gluten free blend.
- Vanilla Extract: Adds a classic, sweet aroma. For a different flavor, almond extract can be an interesting alternative.
- Plain Potato Chips: We prefer salted plain chips for a savory crunch, but you can experiment with other flavors like barbecue or ketchup (let us know how they turn out, if you do this!).
- Powdered Sugar: Used for dusting the cookies, it gives them a pretty, snowy appearance.
How To Make Potato Chip Cookies
Start by preheating the oven and lining your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. This ensures your cookies don’t stick and are easy to remove.
- Cream Butter and Sugar: In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. This is crucial for creating a light and fluffy texture in your cookies.
- Add Flour: Gradually mix in the flour, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate everything evenly. For a smoother dough, sift the flour before adding it.
- Blend in Vanilla Extract: Stir in the vanilla extract for that classic cookie flavor. Remember, a little goes a long way!
- Fold in Crushed Potato Chips: Gently mix in the crushed potato chips. If you’re using flavored chips, remember that this will change the overall taste of your cookies.
- Scoop and Place the Dough: Using a spoon or cookie scoop, place dollops of cookie dough onto your prepared sheets. Keep them spaced apart to allow for spreading.
- Bake the Cookies: Bake until the edges start to turn golden brown. Keep an eye on them, as baking times can vary depending on your oven.
- Cool and Dust with Powdered Sugar: Let the cookies cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Once completely cool, dust them with powdered sugar for a beautiful finish.
- Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter is at room temperature before you start. This makes it easier to cream with the sugar, leading to a better texture in your cookies.
- Crush Chips to the Right Size: Avoid overly large chunks of chips. Finely crushed chips integrate better into the dough and offer a more consistent texture and flavor in every bite.
- Don’t Overmix the Dough: Mix the dough just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can lead to tough cookies.
- Check Your Oven Temperature: Ovens can vary, so using an oven thermometer to ensure the correct baking temperature is a good idea. This helps in achieving evenly baked cookies.
- Space Out the Cookies: When placing the dough on the baking sheet, leave enough space between each dollop. Cookies will spread as they bake, and spacing prevents them from merging into each other.
- Cooling is Key: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set and makes them easier to handle.
- Sifting the Powdered Sugar: For an even and beautiful dusting of powdered sugar, use a fine sieve or sifter. This prevents clumps and ensures a smooth, snowy appearance.
- Experiment with Chip Flavors: While plain salted chips are recommended, don’t be afraid to try different flavors of potato chips to add a unique twist to your cookies.
Storing and Freezing
For storing your Potato Chip Cookies, maintaining their freshness and texture is key. If you’re keeping them at room temperature, place them in an airtight container; this will help retain their crispness and prevent them from becoming soft or stale. The cookies can be kept like this for up to 5 days. If you prefer to refrigerate them, wrap the cookies in plastic wrap or place them in a sealed container; they will stay fresh for about a week.
To freeze the unbaked dough, shape it into individual cookies and freeze them on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer bag or container. This way, you can bake them fresh whenever desired.
For freezing baked cookies, ensure they have cooled completely, then layer them between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months and defrosted at room temperature when you’re ready to enjoy them again.
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Enjoy these Potato Chip Cookies as a unique addition to your cookie collection. Don’t forget to rate and review the recipe if you try it – your feedback is always appreciated! Also, be sure to pin this recipe so you can easily find it later.