Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chip Chip Cookies - Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Potato Chips!

You can't avoid the sweet-salty collision. It's everywhere - in chocolates, caramels, and even baked goods. Today I made Chip Chip cookies, my take on the sweet-salty revolution. This is NOT your grandmother's chocolate chip cookie! It's a chewy cookie with sea salt and cracked pepper potato chips inside and out. I took an old recipe for a not-quite-typical chocolate chip cookie and changed it up even more with the addition of sturdy, kettle-style potato chips.

What sets this recipe apart from the familiar standard is that the dough is not beaten, it's stirred. I based it on the basic cookie my friend Betsy Cogan made for years. Everything is stirred, old-school. Barely melted butter mixed with more brown sugar than white creates a caramel-y texture, and these cookies are perfectly chewy when baked for 10 minutes (in my oven).

You can see the crushed potato chips on top of the cookies
giving a hint as to what's inside! 


Here's the recipe:

CHIP CHIP COOKIES
Makes 3 dozen large (3- to 4-inch) cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit
If you have parchment paper, line a cookie sheet. (I always use parchment paper - it's worth its weight in gold! Cookies bake evenly, and clean up is much simpler. Won't bake without it!)


Ingredients:

1/2 lb. unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups kettle-style potato chips or more to taste - I used Saratoga Chips - Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Directions:

In large mixing bowl, place both sugars and vanilla. Stir.

In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter until it's about 3/4 melted. Turn off heat and allow the residual heat to melt the rest of the butter. These keeps the butter from getting too hot.

Pour melted butter into sugar mixture and stir well.

Add eggs to sugar butter mixture, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.

Place flour, baking soda, and salt over top of mixture in bowl. Toss these dry ingredients lightly with a fork to incorporate, and then stir well into butter/sugar/egg mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips and 1 cup of the potato chips that you have broken in coarse pieces over the batter. Mix well. The other 1/2 cup of the potato chips will be crushed with a rolling pin (or however you'd like to crush them) to sprinkle on top of the cookies before they go in the oven.

Using a cookie scoop or a generous tablespoon, drop batter a few inches apart onto lined cookie sheet. You should get 12-15 cookies per pan. Press down a tiny bit to flatten the tops. Sprinkle crushed potato chips on top.

Bake for 10 minutes OR just until edges begin to brown and middles begin to look dry. Don't let them get brown all over or they'll lose their chewiness.

Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before moving the cookies to a cooling rack.

And the close-up!
See the potato chips? 



22 comments:

  1. I need to try these. I think they would be awesome as the "bread" for an ice cream sandwich using Ben and Jerry's Late Night Snack as the ice cream center. Late night snack has a vanilla base with salted caramel swirls and chocolate covered potato chips. It would be an interesting dessert!

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    1. Sounds like a perfect pairing, Sarah!

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    2. dawn sherman bakerMarch 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Gotta try these!

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  2. I think I'm curious enough to give these a shot!

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    1. Teresa - I gave some to a friend at work today, but haven't heard the verdict. I like a sweet/salty combo, and I think it works well! Let me know if you try them!

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  3. Jeannie, I must admit that I'm on the fence about these. I guess I am a purist chocolate chip cookie eater but would definitely give them a try. Lynn Eddy

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  4. A marriage made in heaven Jeannie! I can only imagine how scrumptious they will be!

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  5. Jeannie, This recipe reminded me of a cookie, also with potato chips, made in our local schools many, many years ago. Our food service director, Dorothy Rowland, didn't waste much food. The crumbs and small bits of potato chips left from lunch service were used to make a great cookie. It wasn't like a sugar cookie, snickerdoodle or shortbread. That cookie was unique and students loved them. Maybe Dawn Sherman Baker (comment above) will remember these. I wouldn't be surprised if potato chips weren't allowed in today's lunch program. Will be trying your recipe soon. Sue Dunbar Smith

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    1. That's such a nice memory, Sue! Let me know how you like this recipe!

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  6. I love the sweet-salty combination and am looking forward to trying these!! Thanks!

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    1. You'll love them, Melissa, if you like the sweet-salty combo!

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  7. Paul & I just made these. He still up in the air if he likes them ( I think he's on his 4th one) but I love them. Thanks for the recipe. P & P Davis Skidmore

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  8. Thanks for the cookies to taste test. They were ok in our house.
    We (Rod) and I think your regular chocolate chips far surpass these. Like I said, purists at heart. Don't mess with mother nature! (your oldie but goodie cookie is mother nature in this instance) !!!!!! Thanks again! Lynnie E.

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  9. Rod wanted me to put in his two cents. He didn't like the salty taste and the crunch of the potato chip. He said it was more of a texture thing for him. There ya go! A comment from a man for a change and cookie snob at that!!! HAHAHA Lynnie E.

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    1. Can't win 'em all! But, a lot of people do like the salty/sweet combo, and I'm one of them. Tell Rod there'll be plenty of traditional chocolate chip cookies coming out of my kitchen!

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  10. Hmmm, I wonder if these chips would add a zip to the tuna casserole my mom used to make by layering potato chips with tuna, peas and cream of mushroom soup? What do you think? Then, a person could also serve the cookies. Yikes, a potato chip feast:) These cookies do sound good.

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    1. I guarantee they'd add a welcome zip to tuna casserole!

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  11. dawn sherman bakerApril 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Oh my gosh!!! Finally got around to making these wonderful, crunchy, chewy, gooey cookies!!!! Love them....thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad you liked them! I love them, too!

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