4 classic Potato Chip Cookie recipes (1976)

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Nostalgia on the menu

by Kathy Adams

I never thought it would happen! I mean saying something like like, “Remember the good old days, when potato chips were five cents a package?”

But one of the recipes for potato chip cookies starts out saying that the recipe had been around a long time — since potato chips were five cents a package.

Remember when you could buy chicken for 27 cents a pound? And TWO cans of pork and beans for 29 cents, and a can of tuna was 27 cents. There was even a day when you could buy three pounds of hamburger for one dollar, and five pounds of sugar for 39 cents.

And I thought grandma was just daydreaming — maybe even forgot — and exaggerated just a little. I hope everyone who ever told me about the “good old days” will forgive me, especially Grandma.

I hope my children will believe me.

Potato Chip Cookies (Recipe #1)

Betty Weisinger of 140 Lawrence Circle started it all with the five cent bag of potato chips in her recipe for Potato Chip Cookies. This was the first recipe for Potato Chip Cookies that came in the mail, so I tried it at home. It was delicious — I brought some to the office and everybody thought they were great.

Thanks Betty, this is going to be another favorite at our house.

The instructions call for the cookie sheet to be greased and floured, but I used teflon cookie sheets and it wasn’t necessary to do anything to them. Also, in my oven, the cookies only took ten minutes to bake.


2 sticks oleo [margarine]
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2-3/4 cup crushed potato chips (about 3 five cent packages)


Cream oleo and sugar. Add flour and vanilla; fold in crushed chips. Drop from spoon on a greased, floured cookie sheet Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Can be sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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We received several recipes for Potato Chip Cookies, and they all seem to be a little different. I hope I can try all of them.

Potato Chip Cookies (Recipe #2)

Mrs Roy Wilder of Coleman has a recipe that sounds great.

2 cups crushed potato chips
2 cups oatmeal
2 cups flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp. vanilla


Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Add nuts, chips and oatmeal. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes. For variation, add chocolate chips, dates or raisins.

Potato Chip Cookies (Recipe #3)

Nancie Murgia, 1713 Delwood, is sharing a recipe for Potato Chip Cookies she got from Wynette Grey in Portola, Calif.

3 cubes butter
1-1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 6-oz. package potato chips, crushed fine
1 cup chopped nuts


Cream first four ingredients; add flour. Add potato chips and nuts. Mix well. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until lightly brown.

Potato Chip Cookies (Recipe #4)

And another Potato Chip Cookie recipe from Mrs J M Turner of O’Donnell.


1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup crushed potato chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 cups flour


Cream butter and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape and bake at 350 degrees.

Top photo of potato chip cookies with pecans thanks to pamelasvoboda

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