When Nicholas asked what we were making tonight and he heard “Potato Chip Cookies,” he was instantly intrigued. A cookie that has been around forever, I’ve actually never made them before although I have a vague recollection of my mom making them for us growing up. After seeing how simple the recipe is, and that it used ingredients I already had on hand, it quickly became the after dinner activity tonight.
With only six ingredients, the dough mixes up in no time. I omitted the pecans, because I didn’t have any on hand. I did have walnuts, but to me, walnuts and pecans are not always interchangeable and I didn’t think they’d be right with this cookie. Thin, light, buttery and so good, these would be a perfect throwback retro cookie for all the holiday cookie trays that loom in your baking future over the next few weeks.
With the country in what’s officially now called a recession, more and more people are looking to make gifts this year and the media is quickly jumping on the bandwagon with suggestions. Recession or not, gift or not, this is a nice one to whip up for any occasion or just because. If you’d like to give these as a gift, you can make them yourself and present them on a prettily wrapped plate, or give the mix in a jar along with the directions. Just layer the sugar, crushed potato chips, flour and pecans in a festive jar and attach a nicely decorated tag with the remaining wet ingredients listed and then the directions. Everyone likes homemade gifts from the heart, don’t they?
Are you making anything creative for the people on your holiday list this year? Do tell!
Potato Chip Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen
Yield: 3 dozen
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups crushed potato chips
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine sugar, potato chips, flour, pecans, butter and vanilla. Stir until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip bottom of drinking glass into sugar and use to slightly flatten balls. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until slightly brown. Remove to wire rack to cool.