Vintage Potato Chip Cookies

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These Vintage Potato Chip Cookies are super easy to make and are the perfect combination of sweet and salty!

If you’ve never heard of them you’re probably thinking, “Potato chip cookies? Weird.” But for those of you who have heard of them, I’m sure you know these cookies are fully of salty and sweet goodness.

A stack of vintage potato chip cookies.


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About Potato Chip Cookies

So, what do these things taste like? Well, imagine if you were to eat a sweet vanilla sugar cookie and a salty potato chip at the same time. A potato chip cookie is basically sugar cookie dough with crushed potato chips folded in before baking. It’s a perfect combination you’ll love.

Why This New Recipe is a Keeper

We love this recipe because it’s quick and easy, everyone enjoys them and they make for a unique cookie.

  • 25 Minutes: From start to finish, these cookies only take 25 minutes.
  • 5 Simple Ingredients: To make these potato chip cookies you only need 5 ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone in the family is going to love these unique cookies.
  • Great for the Holidays: Perfect if you’re looking for a new, unique cookie to bake this year.

If you’re looking for more sweet and salty recipes, try these White Chocolate Popcorn, Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark and Christmas Chex Mix

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Why Did My Cookies Spread and Flatten?

A view of an open cookie.

If your potato chip cookies are spreading or flat, you may have added too much sugar. Sometimes adding too much sugar to cookies will make them flat, so make sure you use the right amount of sugar!

Ingredient Notes

Butter, flower, vanilla and chips.

All of the ingredients you need are easy to find, but one in particular has special instructions that should be followed.

  • Potato Chips: In this recipe we’re using crushed potato chips. HOWEVER, do not crush them into almost a powder. We want to be able to tell that the crumbs are potato chip pieces.

As always, you should use room temperature butter.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for the Sweet and Salty Treat

A great thing about these cookies is that there’s so many things that you can do with them. You can change up how they look, what they taste like and adapt them to meet dietary needs.

  • Extra Crushed Chips: Top with crushed chips for a little extra crunch.
  • More Toppings: If you’d like an extra added flavor, try drizzling melted chocolate on the top and adding a little bit of sea salt to aid that salty and sweet combination.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: If you’d like, try adding in potato chips into your favorite chocolate chip cookies to have a little bit of a sweeter cookie. You can use either milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Chewy Potato Chip Cookies are made in just 3 simple steps! Combine two of your favorite snacks.

These are the basic steps for making Vintage Potato Chip Cookies. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Creating the batter for the vintage potato chip cookies ad dropping on a cookie sheet.

STEP 1: Cream the Butter until Light and Fluffy

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with the vanilla, using a stand mixer or hand mixer. Beat on medium speed.

STEP 2: Add the Potato Chips

While mixing, slowly add the flour. After all of the flour has been mixed in, gently fold in the crushed potato chips.

Then scoop the dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. You can line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You can use a cookie scoop, if you don’t want to use your hands. Next, cookies bake for 15 minutes or until golden browned on bottom. Finally, place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe FAQs for Salty Potato Chip Cookies

Sure! If you want to try to make BBQ chip cookies, go ahead! The potato chip cookies are salty and sweet. The cookies come out golden around the edges and are so unique.

Stored in an airtight container at room temperature and they will last for up to 5 days.

Yes! These are vegetarian, not vegan, since they contain eggs and butter.

Maybe. If you find that your cookies are sticking, using a silicone mat or baking sheets with parchment paper will help things not to stick.

These are a cookie I would not recommend freezing. These are much better if you bake and eat them. However, you can also freeze the dough and bake them when you like.

A large platter of the potato chip cookies.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Halved or Doubled: As it is, this recipe makes about 5 dozen cookies. If you don’t need that many at one time you can easily half it. Simply use half the amount of the ingredients listed.
  • Cooling: Let theses cookies cool on a wire rack.
  • Sprinkles: Adding sprinkles on top can make these cookies fit for any holiday or event.
  • Additions: Adding nuts in the dough or on top can give your cookies an extra crunch.
  • Butter: To make creaming together the butter, sugar and vanilla easier, make sure to use softened butter.
  • Gluten-Free: If you’d like to make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour and gluten-free potato chips. Luckily, most regular potato chips are gluten-free but make sure to double check your bag before you use them.
A stack of vintage potato chip cookies.
5 from 3 votes

Vintage Potato Chip Cookies

Yield: 60 pieces
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
These Vintage Potato Chip Cookies are super easy to make and are the perfect combination of sweet and salty!
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  • 1 pound Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups Flour
  • 1 cup Potato chips, crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the vanilla, butter and sugar, using a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  • While mixing, slowly add flour.
  • After all of the flour has been mixed in, gently fold in the crushed potato chips.
  • Drop teaspoonfuls of batter on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly browned on bottom.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

5 thoughts on “Vintage Potato Chip Cookies”

  1. I have one silly question, is it 1 cup of potatoe chips crushed or 1 cup of crushed potato chips, the former doesn’t seem like it would be that much in the recipe!

  2. A dear friend made a batch of potatoes chip cookies as a gift for Christmas. Best gift I got that year. Thanks for sharing your recipe

  3. I have been making potato chip cookies for about 20 years. They are a huge favorite on my Christmas cookie trays! I always see if people can guess the secret ingrediant – very few can.


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