Potato Chip Cookies

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on March 22, 2012

I was first introduced to potato chip cookies in college. My old-friend-turned-new-boyfriend-someday-husband had a received a care package from his grandma. Filled with, of course, baked goods, as all care packages from grandmas contain.

This particular package included a strange new cookie, something that simultaneously grossed me out and intrigued me. At the time I was a serious cookie baker, but not that adventurous. I had perfected my chocolate chip cookie recipe, but hadn’t ventured much further. College budget and all prevented me from experimenting much.

After much resisting and endless teasing, I caved and tried one of the cookies.

Potato Chip Cookie Recipe

Then I had another.

I may have been too stubborn to admit how delicious they were, but they were to die for. The whole sweet and salty thing, you know?

Last weekend we received the heartbreaking news that Hubs’ grandma passed away. The very same grandma who introduced me to potato chip cookies, strawberry bread, and delicious chocolate chip cookies. She made chocolate covered pretzels that were better than any other I’ve ever tasted. And she always, always, made a special banana bread just for me, without nuts. Somehow, with all of the baking that she did, she always remembered.

Over the holidays we had the chance to spend some time with her, open gifts, and introduce to her the little man. And we captured this one amazing photo. Four generations of my husband’s family. It doesn’t get more amazing than that.

Sunday night, after we heard the news, I baked. I made those potato chip cookies that I first ate over 10 years ago. I don’t have Grandma’s recipe, I wish that I did. I’m hoping that I can track down her recipe box and dive right in.

Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

My version, though not exactly the same, (but really, they wouldn’t be the same even if I had her recipe) got the thumbs up from Hubs. These cookies will now have a regular place in our home, bringing with them memories of a wonderful woman, a passionate baker, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Potato Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Potato Chip Cookies

Sweet, salty, crispy potato chip cookies.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture, beating until well combined.
  6. Stir in the potato chips and peanut butter chips.
  7. Drop 2-inch cookies onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone liner.
  8. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  9. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then move to wire racks to finish cooling.


Inspired by my Grandmother-inlaw and adapted from taste of home


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1 Mindie March 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Those cookies look great. Thank you for hosting!

2 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I love this recipe! What a great cookie. I’m so sorry for your family loss. Making these cookies is such a great way to remember her!

3 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Better yet, I found the original recipe, and a ton of other recipes. I can’t wait to start baking.

4 Karyn March 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I’m sorry about your family’s loss, but I did see on FB that you found the recipe. Was it much different? Was there a secret ingredient?
I’ve linked up 3 Hunger Games Inspired treats! Thanks for hosting.

5 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Just a litte different. I hope I can make the real recipe soon, along with some of my other favorites that were found in tattered and much used notebook.

6 Julie March 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Sorry for your loss. It’s wonderful how we all remember and pay tribute to our loved ones by baking their recipes or carrying on their traditions!

7 Jocelyn March 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your loss!!! Having a good cookie recipe that will remind you of her is a great way to share her with your family!!! Thank you for hosting.

8 Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 23, 2012 at 6:04 am

Alli, I’m so sorry about your loss. Grandmas are such a wonderful addition to a family, and that photo is priceless!
I love potato chip cookies as well, and this year I dunked half the cookie in chocolate … chocolate covered potato chip cookies were born. And delish!
Thanks for hosting!

9 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I just may have to try that. Everything is better covered in chocolate, right?

10 sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more March 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

so sorry for your loss, what wonderful memories you have:)

11 Robin @ Bird On A Cake March 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

What a sweet way to remember your grandma-in-law. :0) I haven’t heard this recipe before, the sweet/salty thing has me intrigued!

12 Robin March 23, 2012 at 8:13 am

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. These cookies sound amazing!

13 Courtney March 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

I’m so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. But these cookies are a great way to honor her. They sound really, really good.

14 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

What a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and blessings to you.

15 Susan @ The Weekly Sweet Experiment March 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

So sorry for your loss. That is a great picture you have. Thanks for hosting.

16 Alice March 24, 2012 at 4:35 am

So sorry for your loss *hugs* God bless u always…
have linked my blueberry orange muffins, thks for hosting :)

17 Alice March 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

Ive linked up chocolate pudding cake too :)

18 Grandma Pat March 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

We still have tears in our eyes! Didn’t know this 10 yr. story; wish we could share it with “Grandma”. She sure did love baking & sharing with others; especially with the sunshine of her life, her Grandson! What a wonderful tribute!

19 Courtney March 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Hi, Allison – I just made these today and they were SOOOOO good. Thank you for the recipe – I wrote about it on my blog, gave you credit, and linked back. In case you are interested: http://cookingmisadventures.com/2012/03/28/potato-chip-dark-chocolate-chip-cookies/

20 Laura @ Beholding Glory March 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I’m sorry for your loss.
Thanks for the recipe

21 Miz Helen March 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

Alli, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. It is wonderful that you have such great memories and that you can honor her today with these wonderful cookies. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

22 T. Garcia November 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

My granny made these wonderful cookies too. She used white chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips. When I made her recipe mine would come out tasting good, but kinda flat. She taught me to put the dough in the fridge for about an hour before baking. Granny’s know everything! I miss her lots….

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