Mom-Mom’s Potato Chip Cookies

September 23, 2021
3 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland. Prop Stylist: Megan Hedgpeth. Food Stylist: Lauren Lapenna.
  • Prep time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • makes about 25 cookies
Author Notes

Potato chips might seem like an unlikely ingredient in cookies, but the sweet-and-salty combination really does work. Though she didn’t create the recipe herself, my grandmother baked these cookies, which are just as quirky as she was. Since her passing, I’ve continued the tradition. —Shelby Vittek

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: My Grandmom’s Potato Chip Cookies Are Just As Quirky as She Was. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups potato chips (preferably Lay’s Classic)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Add the potato chips to a Ziploc bag and crush with your hands until they’re small and flaky. Set aside.
  2. Using either a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated. Add the flour in small amounts to the mixture, blending well. Add 1 cup of crushed potato chips and gently mix until incorporated into cookie dough. Cover and let the dough chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper; do not add oil or grease. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the ungreased sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cookies begin to get golden around the edges. They will look light in color and still be soft when you remove them from the oven, but they will get firmer as they cool.
  4. Let the cookies cool completely before enjoying. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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4 Reviews

Debi C. September 26, 2021
What do you do with the 2nd cup of potato chips?
SophieL September 26, 2021
Sprinkle a pinch of crushed chips on top of each cookie before baking.
Shelby V. September 26, 2021
You need 2 cups of chips from the bag, but once you crush them it will measure out to be one cup of crushed chips.
Lynn D. September 24, 2021
My grandmother made these too! (I'm in my 70's)! They're delicious. She also put nutmeg in them.