Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2012
Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches are absolutely to die for! I’ve remade these cookies from last year. Initially, these were the last Christmas cookies I made out of 35 different varieties, and I saved the best for last! These cookies were absolutely spectacular!!
When I made these wonderful cookies last year, they almost didn’t happen. Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches started out as my rejects! I was going to throw the whole kit and kaboodle in the trash because they didn’t turn out pretty. The potato chip cookies ran together on the cookie sheet when I baked them (causing me to have to bake another batch).
Some of the potato chip cookies got a little too browned and crispy for my taste (and didn’t look pretty). Other potato chip cookies broke apart because they were too fragile. Yeah, they were a mess.
But I didn’t throw them away. On a lark, I decided to use up some of the chocolate frosting I had left over after making the Double Chocolate Oatmeal Sandwiches the same day and the Chocolate Drop Cookies from a few weeks before that. I put all the scrap potato chip cookies together and voila! I’m not kidding, they turned out to be the best cookie I think I’d ever tasted.
To describe them accurately, they taste like a sugar cookie with a fabulous chocolate icing sandwiched between two of them. These cookies were A-W-E-S-O-M-E! When I say, amazing, I mean seriously!!! I took a plate of these rejects along with me to our church’s fine arts and music gala the Sunday night after I made them and dared the folks that came by my two large dessert tables to try them. Everyone who did thought they were spectacular. Some came back for more but they were long gone by then.
I know I get to raving every now and then 🙂 about how great something is, but to say these “reject cookies” were divine is an understatement. They were F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!! I probably should have titled them my “reject cookies” but I just couldn’t persuade myself to do so because they really turned out tasting so delicious.
Or maybe I should have titled these “Teresa’s Folly” or something. I’m glad I didn’t give up just because they looked so deplorable because with a little tweaking these cookies became something special. I think these new pictures reflect that. One word of advice: I recommend you use plain potato chips for this recipe and not anything fancy or with seasonings. I just get a bag of cheap potato chips–no ruffles or waves or odd flavors.
I originally made these cookies in December of 2012. Ever since, I’ve wanted to try making these again by increasing the flour in the cookies so they didn’t run together while baking. I finally got around to doing that (July 2104) and took a whole mess of new pictures. They can no longer be considered “reject cookies” because these are S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R!!!
I took a batch to my peridontist’s office and they wanted the recipe, but I wanted to post the new pictures first. So here goes. If you want a cookie that’s going to wow your guests (and your family) consider this amazing cookie. I DARE YOU!!!
Obviously, the saving grace of the original “reject cookies” was the delicious chocolate icing. Thanks, Mom, for this great recipe. I warn you in advance: Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches are addictive. You won’t want to stop at just one.
Oh my! Talk about heavenly! I couldn’t get enough of this cookie. I wanted to eat all of them. Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches are great anytime of the year, but especially as a holiday treat.
Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches are divine. You will LOVE these fabulous-tasting cookies!
Thankfully, I didn’t give up on the original reject cookies. Once I remade the Potato Chip Cookies with additional flour and added my Mom’s fantastic Chocolate Frosting, these cookies were to die for! Actually these cookies are pretty inexpensive to make too. Mom always used cocoa instead of unsweetened chocolate in her recipes and cocoa is much cheaper.
Here’s what I did.
You will need plain potato chips–no fancy seasonings and it’s better to choose potato chips that aren’t wavy or ruffled if possible. Any cheap brand of plain potato chips will do. Also, this is a great way to use up the last of the potato chips in your bags. You can put them in a baggy and freeze them and pull them out when you have enough saved up. I was making a double batch of the original recipe.
Blend butter to a peak with an electric mixer.
Mix ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.
Crush potato chips. I just crush them with my hands.
Add crushed potato chips to bowl.
Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
Roll mixture into balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Press cookies down slightly with your hands. This works better than pressing with a fork.
Bake about 15 minutes at 350.
While cookies are baking make Chocolate Frosting: Melt butter. Add vanilla.
Add heavy whipping cream. You can also use half-and-half or evaporated milk in a pinch. Add cocoa.
Whisk ingredients together.
Add powdered sugar.
Whisk again until frosting is smooth.
Spread frosting on the bottom of a cookie. (You can pipe the frosting on if you prefer to add it that way).
Try to find another cookie of matching size and shape and top with that cookie. (Chocoholics will love these heavenly cookies!)
Doesn’t this batch of Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches look marvelous?
Unlike my first batch which were thrown together as reject cookies, this batch came out perfectly.
These cookies are doubly rich and decadent since they have all that frosting in between each cookie.
Some people can’t believe a Potato Chip Cookie can be so delicious, but these are spectacular!
Here’s the recipe.
CHOCOLATE POTATO CHIP SANDWICHES
(Recipe adapted from Annie White, when we worked together at Eckerd Photo Lab, Clearwater, FL)
- 3 ½ sticks butter
- 3 ½ cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens cookies)
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 cup crushed potato chips
- Blend butter to a peak, add sugar, and vanilla and cream again.
- Stir in flour and potato chips.
- Bake on greased or sprayed cookie sheets at 350° for 15 minutes.
- Can press down with fork dipped in sugar in a criss-cross fashion for a flatter cookie.
- Spread bottom of one cookie with chocolate icing.
- Top with another potato chip cookie.
- 5 tbsp. melted butter
- 3 tbsp. cream
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3 squares unsweetened chocolate or 1/3 cup cocoa
- Mix together and spread between cooled cookies to make sandwiches.
We love these fabulous cookies. When I made my reject batch last Christmas, I had to badger people coming by my dessert tables at church to try a Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwich. But afterwards I saw the most incredible looks come over their faces.
First, they were turned off by the idea of potato chips in cookies. But with the combination of bad-looking cookies and potato chips in cookies at that, most were overwhelmed when they tried them and found out they tasted sensational. Thankfully, I have a reputation for being a pretty decent cook and most people are willing to try almost anything I make. Once they did, they realized how incredibly delicious Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches are.
There’s nothing reject-looking in this new batch of Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches. Once you get people over the idea that these cookies have potato chips in them and they actually taste them, they fall in love with these great cookies!
Don’t these Chocolate Potato Chip Sandwiches look yummy? I guarantee if you take a plate of these to your office or a party, they will be wolfed down in no time! The frosting on these cookies makes them sinfully rich! Ah, are you ready for one?