When I moved into my first apartment, my mom gave me a recipe box filled with blank cards. At that point in my life, “winging it” and “semi-homemade” were my mottos in cooking. I asked her to write down her recipe for potato chip cookies in case I wanted to venture into the world of baking from scratch. I have been a vegetarian for almost nine years now and a vegan for over six of those years, so almost all of my baking is now done from scratch. When I heard that my mom was making these cookies for Christmas, I decided to make vegan potato chip cookies. A quick peek at the recipe for a refresher, I realized that it would be easy to make a vegan version as it didn’t require eggs.
These cookies are the perfect balance of sweet and salty, without being overindulgent. While chocolate makes everything better, I like to reserve some without because they are a great accompaniment to tea.
- 1 cup margarine (2 sticks-I use Earth Balance buttery sticks)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup toasted chopped pecans
- ½ cup crushed potato chips
- 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
- optional: 1 cup chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the margarine, vanilla, and ½ cup of sugar.
- Add in toasted pecans and crushed potato chips, then stir to combine.
- Add in sifted flour and stir. (It is really important to sift your flour in this case since air is your only leavening agent.)
- Roll batter into tablespoon sized balls and place on baking sheet.
- Place remaining ½ cup sugar on a plate. Using the flat bottom of a glass dipped into the sugar, flatten the balls of dough. I usually have difficulty getting sugar to stick to the bottom of my glass, so I keep a bowl of water nearby to dip the glass into first. Be careful not to use too much water or your sugar will dissolve.
- Bake cookies 15-18 minutes, until a light golden brown.
- Melt 1 cup chocolate (I use Ghiradelli semi sweet baking chips) using a double boiler.
- Once the cookies are cool, dip into the chocolate and return to cooling rack to harden.