Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

My day to day lunches when I was in school were varied. There was always a sandwich (pb&j, chicken, turkey, etc.), some kind of juice or fruit and usually something salty, like pretzels or chips. The best days were inevitably the days I got all of my favorites: sandwich, apple, chips and a cookie. With this in mind, I am beginning to think that these might just be the ultimate lunchbox cookies, since they combine the cookies and the potato chips in an addictive salty-sweet combo.

I first heard the idea of putting potato chips in cookies a few years ago. At the time, it sounded so odd that I didn’t even think I would ever try it out. Then I tried cornflake cookies and that seemingly unlikely combination’s success was all the encouragement I needed. The cookies are easy to make and all you need is some crushed potato chips. Choose chips that are reasonably salty for these cookies, and thinner is better. Thick-cut kettle chips might not deliver the ideal crispy crunch when baked into the cookies (although crushing them very finely should help some). Crush the chips with a rolling pin until they are about chocolate-chip sized.

These cookies are fun to serve because it’s difficult to identify what the “extra” ingredient is. The saltiness of the cookies (especially since I sprinkled a little salt on top to finish mine off before baking) was easy to taste, but the potato flavor is so mild that it is almost unnoticeable. The chip pieces stay a bit crunchy. The cookies can be baked for a minute or two less for a chewier consistency. For me, however, I like to have somewhat crunchy cookie that matches the crunch chips.

Potato Chip Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 – 1 1/4 cups crushed potato chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, then beat in the egg.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt, then stir into butter mixture. Stir in potato chips.
Drop tablespoonfuls (1-inch balls) of dough onto prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie to allow room to spread.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until light golden.
Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies


  1. Potato chips + cookies… I’M IN LOVE!

  2. Have you ever heard of anyone experimenting with different flavours of potato chips?

  3. Have you ever heard of anyone experimenting with different flavours of potato chips?

  4. What a concept, this sounds so interesting.

  5. My mom always made these! I’m not a big fan of potato chips (weird, I know), but my brother could put away a whole batch in a couple of days. I think they also had nuts and butterscotch chips in them…

  6. My mom used to make these when I was a kid. An odd combination but the cookies are great. Thanks for the reminder that I need to make these.

  7. These are new to me. I know my daughter is going to go nuts about something like these.
    Shall try them out.

  8. This does sound like an interesting concept.
    I’ve never before heard or even thought about putting chips in cookies. But honestly they don’t sound too tasty to me, because of the salt. I really don’t have any idea how these are going to taste, if I get time I’ll try them out.

  9. Chips in cookies – this is the second time I’ve heard about this idea. Must try. Bookmarked!

  10. I agree with Laurie, this is interesting. I can’t wait to try this.

  11. That’s so weird, I was going to make these this week too!

  12. Wow, what a blast from the past. I TOTALLY forgot about having these cookies as a kid! Wow!

  13. Tried them today…they are oh so delicious and mind you addictive too…I used double the portion of crushed sour cream and onions and the family can’t stop munching on them! Thanks!

  14. The idea of putting chips in cookies is really wild. I’m going to have to try this one…just because! OOh, and Hestia’s comment above me about sour cream and onion chips…okay, now i’m super tempted!

  15. nice recipe.. thanks! my kids loved it. so yummy and really made for kids. more recipes soon!

  16. I’m making these right now… wish me luck.

  17. I first tried these when my client made them for me as a gift.
    I absolutely loved them!!
    I have given the recipe out to lots of friends and they have been a great hit!
    One of my clients said that she freezes them after baking for a later date and they keep nicely.
    I’m going to bake some for my bible study tommorrow!

  18. Sounds great. I always love the salty sweet combos. Probably why I like a good peanut butter cookie. So thinking along those lines this doesn’t sound so bad. I’m going to bookmark this and give it a try!

  19. Will definitely try these tonite!

  20. I actually love how it was presented..will be trying it out soon…

  21. i have been eating potato chip cookies for over 30 yrs and they r so good. some mix in toasted pecans also which are good too. try them, u will like them !!

  22. I made these and they were disgusting. I thought I would love them, because I love sweet and salty foods like chocolate covered potato chips. I used about 1 1/2 cups of plain Lays chips. I really have no idea where I went wrong. They tasted like bad fish.

  23. They taste extra yummy with cake frosting . That is how they were served at the local High School.

  24. This comment is for Jenni, I think I know why they tasted like fish, alot of the time butter or margarine can absorb odors in the fridge and make things taste weird, like one time i was making some homemade vanilla pudding, and i tasted it and it tasted awful, like rotted pizza, i later found out it was the butter because my mom told me that the same butter thing has happened to her before.

  25. I made these for my dinner club as a sake home treat. They were a huge hit. I’m making them again for a Christmas cookie swap this weekend. Perhaps add a dip of chocolate this time?

  26. My mom always made these when I was little. I never knew what was in team until I was older. We always use regular old original potato chips. Anything else seems like it would be pretty gross, but reg cohos are pretty amazing!

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