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Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies

December 18, 2012Teresa

Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2012

Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies is an absolutely delightful recipe! It is different than my regular Potato Chip Cookie recipe in that this cookie has both potato chips and pecans. It is so delicious! When I served this at the Fine Arts and Music Gala our church was presenting the other night, people kept coming up to me and asking me, “Potato chips in cookies, seriously????” But once they tasted the three kinds of potato chip cookies I offered I made believers out of all of them! These are fabulous cookies.

I’ve been making some version of Potato Chip Cookies since 1979 when I received my first recipe for these cookies from a coworker. Since then, we have made Potato Chip Cookies almost every year for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza.

Everyone loves Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies even if they have a kooky name or kooky ingredients! These cookies are different from my original version as well as my Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches, so because the texture and ratio of ingredients is different I’m treating it as a separate cookie. You will love these heavenly cookies once you taste them.  Additionally, they are so easy to throw together. You can have these cookies made up and ready to eat in no time.

I received this recipe from Mimi Pownall, back in 1984 when I typed all of her recipes into our first personal home computer! Most of you young readers will not even understand what a daisy-wheel printer is but that’s what we printed everything on back in those ancient days!

This was when word processing first became available on a massive and affordable scale. I had compiled all my recipes onto floppy disks and printed out my own treasured recipes and she wanted me to go through her shoe box of recipes and do the same thing with her recipes. This was one of those jewels I collected from her. I printed out two of Mimi’s cookbooks. One for me and one for her.

I can’t tell you how many of her recipes I have used over the years–and she’s used an equal number of mine. We both love cooking so much. I have no idea where Mimi got this recipe but it has been around for a long time in some version or another.

So, if you’re looking for something different, or just want to use up the last of a bag of potato chips here’s a fantastic recipe to try out on your friends. Don’t tell them what the secret ingredient is in these cookies until after they taste a bite. Then they’ll devour every bite!

When I initially posted this recipe in December 2012 I was still using an iPhone for a camera. Yikes! The pictures were a little on the blurry and grainy side, plus I added too many props so the pictures were a little on the busy side as well.

I recently remade this recipe (January 2016) for friends I was taking a meal to and retook the pictures. Yes, I was nibbling on them as I was removing them from the pan. They still are as great a cookie as ever!

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We love potato chip cookies and Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies with pecans are exceptionally good. The nice thing about these cookies is you can make them all year round. So if you’re trying to get rid of an old bag of plain potato chips you might try out this recipe!

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Pack up Christmas boxes or tins of Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies for friends and neighbors. They will love sinking their teeth into these wonderful cookies. 

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Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies are great to take to holiday parties, too.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Place softened butter in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. If you’re vegan, you may consider using coconut oil in place of the butter.

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Cream ingredients with an electric mixer until well combined.

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You will need a bag of simple plain potato chips. Wavy are okay, but plain ones work better. I used Lay’s for this recipe but any cheap brand I find in the store will work as well.  I would NOT recommend any of the specially seasoned chips for this recipe. Crush up potato chips. I just do it in my hands.

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens cookies. Add crushed potato chips and finely diced pecans. 

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Stir all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. This cookie mixture is a little on the dry side.

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Roll the cookie mixture into balls and place on well-sprayed cookie sheets. Press cookies down with a glass dipped in sugar or a fork dipped in sugar and make a criss-cross pattern on each cookie. 

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Sprinkle a little more sugar on the top of each cookie if you like. 

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Bake the cookies at 350 for about 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Here’s a look at lots of these delicious jewels! This plate is for Santa.

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These pack nicely for shipping. You can also freeze them for later if you desire. Your friends and family will rave over these amazing cookies.

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Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies are so quick and easy to put together you can have them baked in no time.

Here’s the recipe.

MIMI’S POTATO CHIP COOKIES

(Recipe from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)

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Delicious sugar cookies with potato chips and pecans. No one will ever guess that the secret ingredient in these cookies is potato chips!
Mimi's Potato Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Mimi's Potato Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, potato chips, and pecans and stir together with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
  3. Form into small balls.
  4. Place on greased cookie sheets (or spray with cooking spray).
  5. Press cookies flat with glass dipped in sugar or with fork dipped in sugar.
  6. Bake at 350° about 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Can sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.

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[b]Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies[/b]
 
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 26
Delicious sugar cookies with potato chips and pecans. No one will ever guess that the secret ingredient in these cookies is potato chips!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. McCormick’s real vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • ½ cup crushed Lay’s potato chips
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, potato chips, and pecans and stir together with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
  3. Form into small balls.
  4. Place on greased cookie sheets (or spray with cooking spray).
  5. Press cookies flat with glass dipped in sugar or with fork dipped in sugar.
  6. Bake at 350° about 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
 
Notes
Can sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
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You can sprinkle these cookies with colored sugar if you want them to be more festive for the holiday season or other holidays.

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Take along a batch of Mimi’s Potato Chip Cookies to your relatives for the holidays and you will be cleaned out in no time. Everyone marvels that these cookies have potato chips in them. But they are definitely spectacular!

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Print Recipe
Mimi's Potato Chip Cookies BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Delicious sugar cookies with potato chips and pecans. No one will ever guess that the secret ingredient in these cookies is potato chips!
Mimi's Potato Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Mimi's Potato Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, potato chips, and pecans and stir together with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
  3. Form into small balls.
  4. Place on greased cookie sheets (or spray with cooking spray).
  5. Press cookies flat with glass dipped in sugar or with fork dipped in sugar.
  6. Bake at 350° about 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Can sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.

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  • petit4chocolatier

    December 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

    You had me at potato chips and then you threw in the pecans; WOW!

    1. Teresa

      December 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Yeah, yum, yum, yum!

  • birgitlikes

    December 19, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I have never heard about potato chips in a cookie – it sounds really weird, but I believe you if you say this tastes great… I would love to try those, because this recipe really makes me curious!

    1. Teresa

      December 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Potato chip cookies are amazing. I have two more recipes coming out today (hopefully). All are amazing. You won’t believe it until you try it yourself. People are stunned when I tell them they’ve eaten potato chip cookies. They are fabulous.

  • nocornforme

    December 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I have these in the oven right now…I can’t wait to see how they turn out….I’m thinking sugar and salt combo is going to be great!

    1. Teresa

      December 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      We love these cookies! I hope you enjoy them.

      P.S. I have 2 more potato chip cookie recipes coming out tomorrow with slight variations – also fabulous.

  • LizForADay

    December 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Can you taste the chips. Seems like they would go unnoticed. Seems like they would be soggy. Do do look tasty though. 🙂

  • foods for the soul

    December 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    That sounds like such a fun way to liven up Christmas cookies! I wonder what salt & vinegar or onion chips would do to the flavor…

  • Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist

    December 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Potato chip cookies? Wow, I’m intrigued. Will have to give it a try 🙂

    1. Teresa

      December 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I’ve got three recipes of these I’ll be posting in the next couple of days. They are all fabulous but my favorite ones were the rejects that I made into sandwiches with a chocolate icing. They were one of the best cookies I had EVER eaten. Oh, my!

      How does that work? I was going to throw the batch out because they didn’t bake pretty but I smeared some wonderful leftover chocolate icing on them from another cookie and WOW! they were amazing.

      I’ll try to get them posted tomorrow. I’m lagging behind on all my posts again!

      1. Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist

        December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        Looking forward to it. Thank you, Teresa!

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