Sunday, February 5, 2012

Game Day Cookies

Instead of bringing the same-old, lame, football shaped cookies from the supermarket to this year’s Super Bowl party, make these awesome sweet and salty, holiday appropriate chocolate and potato chip cookies. In addition to having the flavor of potato chips, these are also an alternative for those cannot enjoy the salty goodness of chocolate and nuts due to allergies.

My man is headed to a Super Bowl party today (unfortunately, I can’t go because of work. Bummer. I was so hoping to cheer against the Patriots). Anyways, I made these cookies for him to take, so that he won’t look like a total freeloader.

1 ¾ cups flour
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter – softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
9 oz chocolate chips
1 ¼ cup crushed potato chips

Yields about 3 dozen cookies

Crush potato chips in a small mixing bowl (I used generic Ruffles, but use whatever you like). Keep crushing more until you have 1 cup crushed. Set aside.
Mix first three ingredients in a small to medium mixing bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and all sugar in a large mixing bowl. If you have an electric mixer, set on medium speed. If not, get ready for a work out! Beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.

Add the flour mixture about 1/3 at a time. Completely blend before adding the next third. Note: If you are hand mixing, you may want to add less at a time.

Stir in chocolate, then potato chips. Keep in mind that add-ins like chocolate chips, potato chips, and vanilla do not affect the chemistry of baking, so you can use as much or as little as you like. Just keep in mind that if you add more than the dough will allow, then the cookies may fall apart.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. (or do this earlier if you are super speedy) Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough and place them about 2 in apart on an ungreased (seriously) baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until lightly brown on top and edges. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for one minute, then transfer to a wire cooling rack. When cool, arrange them on a platter and show off your culinary prowess to your friends.
Or just add potato chips to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Enjoy!

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