Straight from the Cookie Jar: Extra-Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Cate on January 11, 2010

Cookies in Jar

It seems like the quest to find the elusive “perfect” Chocolate Chip cookie is much like my ongoing quest to find the best macaroni and cheese.  So many recipes, so little time.  Since I don’t have a terrible sweet tooth, I don’t try a million chocolate chip cookies to find “the” one, but every now and then one intrigues me enough to hit our oven.  Such is the case with these Extra-Special Chocolate Chip Cookies.  What’s so special about them?  The potato chips.

The recipe comes from Woman’s World magazine, and I promise you won’t readily pick out the fact that there are potato chips in the cookies.  You do notice a slight crunch here and there, and the tiniest taste of salt, but just enough to force your hand back in the cookie jar again and again.  Trust me.  And hey, it’s the perfect way to finish up some dregs of potato chips that are lurking in the pantry.

I noticed this recipe made larger sized cookies, a little too big for the kids to grab for a snack, so when I was making the recipe, I made some larger and some smaller, perfect for little hands.  Don’t do that.  When the cookies were cooled, I tried one of the small ones and was very “eh” about it.  Then I went back later and had a larger one.  Nothing “eh” about it.  So good, and soft, and crispy, and, well, extra-special, just like the recipe says.  Even better when warm from the oven.  I get roughly 16 cookies when I make this recipe, and we made it twice last week.  I’d say it’s a keeper.  No doubt.

Extra Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it came to last week’s menu plan, I was pretty proud of myself.  I only missed one recipe, the omelet.  I did need to rearrange the days a bit because things came up, but since I shopped on the weekend for the groceries, it was easy to be flexible since I had everything on hand already.  I did have to nix the meal for Saturday since we ended up having company over (a friend I haven’t seen in 23 years – how cool is that?!), but that’s still like an 80% success rate, so I’m pretty happy with that.

This week’s a little screwy with Madeline being sick and us being housebound.  I made a plan over the weekend, but haven’t made it to the grocery store yet.  Hopefully I can go tomorrow and stick with the plan.  If not, then I plan to work on the freezer and make a dent in it.  I don’t know how it gets so full so fast!

Monday: Dinner out

Tuesday: Raid the Fridge and Pomegranate Martinis (new WW recipe)

Wednesday: Company over: Artichoke Bread (new TOH recipe), Roasted Cauliflower (new WW recipe), Meatloaf (new Martha recipe), Toffee Topped Fudge Brownie Tarts (new Ultimate Cookies recipe)

Thursday: Lunch – Mushroom and Swiss Panini (new WW recipe), Cranberry Shortbread Bars (new TOH recipe), Raid the Fridge for Dinner

Friday: Marilyn’s Mac and Cheese (new Country Living recipe), Sherry Bleu Cheese Spread (new GH recipe)

And lastly, today’s daily photo.

Project 365
January 11, 2010, Photo #11

Too Much Time on My Hands

One would think I have OCD or a little too much free time on my hands.  It could be both.  Some days neither.  Free time?  Seriously?  This is what happens when HP keeps you on the phone for a ridiculous amount of time but is still unable to fix your printer.  Moreover, they make it worse.  Hey, at least the pens in the pen cup, one of four on my desk, are now color-coordinated.  I love this pen cup.  I originally used them as “goody bags” for Madeline’s first birthday last year, a find for $1 at Wal-Mart.  Good recycling, I’d say.

Extra-Special Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Woman’s World magazine

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups potato chips with ridges, about 3 oz
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, about 6 oz

Preheat oven to 350.  In large bowl, combine flour and baking soda; reserve.  On medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.  Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.  Add flour mixture; beat until just combined.  Beat in potato chips until broken into small pieces and dough forms.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by 1/4 cupfuls, 3″ apart, onto ungreased baking sheets; gently press to flatten to 3″ diameter (I didn’t press).  Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden.  Cool 5 minutes on pans.  Transfer to rack; cool completely.

Cate’s note:  Truth be told, I put all the ingredients in one big bowl, mix by hand and put it in the oven.  Easy peasy.

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Casey January 11, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I can’t wait to try the cookies. The potato chips have me curious!

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Jess January 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Sounds yummy. I am always up for a new cookie recipe!

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sharon January 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

I can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes so will definitely be trying this soon. I’m a sweet ‘n salty fan so this sounds quite perfect!

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Sarah Caron January 12, 2010 at 1:24 am

Love artichoke bread! Can’t wait to hear about the new recipe you have for it … And those cookies. Mmm. Sound delish with the potato chips

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Joanne January 12, 2010 at 7:15 am

These sound delicious! I am continually intrigued by the use of savory items in chocolate chip cookies..bacon for instance. And obviously now potato chips. Delicious.

Kudos for sticking to the menu plan. That can be hard to do, even in the best of situations – let alone when your daughter is sick!

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

What a unique recipe for chocolate chip cookies – the addition of potato chips is very intriguing, gotta try it!

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Kris #40 January 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

mmmmm! I’m coming for cocktails and cookies

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debbie January 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Yum, I LOVE potato chips in cookies! At a cafe where I used to work the baker did a sort of pecan sandie-potato chip mashup and they were insanely good. Must try these.

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Kate @ Savour Fare January 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I’m skeptical, but willing to try it! Do you think it adds a lot that just some extra salt wouldn’t add?

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Josie January 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Oh man. I’m gonna have to buy potato chips now.

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Cate January 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

Kris – any time!

Joanne – bacon in cookies? Haven’t seen that one yet, but now I’m intrigued!

Kate – Having the chips (as opposed to salt) definitely gives the cookies something texturally different, in addition to a little extra oomph.

Debbie – did you manage to make out with the recipe? My mom loves Pecan Sandies.

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Ramona January 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Hubby loves chocolate chip cookies. I have to say it again, they are not my favorite.

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Miriam July 7, 2010 at 1:10 am

I remember reading an Amelia Bedelia book when I was little in which she made some chocolate “chip” cookies, which had potato chips in them. (If you aren’t familiar with the books, they are about this girl who takes everything to mean something other than what it really does and is very prone to mistakes). I always imagined her chocolate chip cookies to be just like this! I never thought to find an actual recipe for them!

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