Potato Chip Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

Mom’s amazing Potato Chip Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle. A must-make around the holidays!

Potato Chip Cookies

I suppose for my first posting I should explain why I have decided to blog.

I guess it’s fairly prosaic to say I have a love affair with food. We all do, right? Mine started at grandma’s house with classic bolognese. Simmered all day–the smell was so enticing you could hardly play in the house without being lured to the kitchen on tiptoe to stick your finger into the pot. Trust me, the lick was worth the scold!

My next memories of food-love go to the grand cookie extravaganza that my mother pulled off every December. I recall making dozens and dozens of pecan crescents, chocolate swirls, butter cookies, gingerbread men, and something truly delectable called potato chip cookies! Yes, it sound’s strange, but the culmination of simple, sweet shortbread with salty, crunchy potato chips in each bite is divine! Even now, the only thing I can think of that might improve upon potato chip cookies is… Potato Chip Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle.

Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

As a teenager I had the opportunity to travel and help with mission work every summer. Ages 14-22 I traveled to China, Thailand, India 3 times, Liberia, and Cameroon. As you can imagine my eyes were truly opened to a world of culinary possibilities–among other things. The endless smells of wildly exciting open air markets. Loud chattering over the price of meat hanging from a clothesline. Baskets and baskets full of spices I had never seen or heard of. Dried fish leather, street meat on a stick, naan. Ah, naan! There’s just nothing like freshly baked naan, slathered in garlic butter at an open air market! It’s an experience we all should be so lucky to have.

Every summer I would keep a journal of my daily work, my interludes with new friends, and the life lessons a young girl can only learn by taking her eyes off herself and focusing them on the much greater needs of others. I also took notes on the flavorful dishes I had experienced. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was my introduction to recipe writing. I would come home at the end of each summer and try to replicate some of the foods I had experienced; now-and-again with success.

Potato Chip Cookies with Chocoalate Drizzle

Over the years cooking has become a frequent method of self-expression, my way to communicate love, and possibly my calling? One husband, two children, 2 careers, and a bundle of little revelations later; I have decided to document the lessons I’ve learned and the recipes that followed.

I hope you enjoy them, starting with my mom’s Potato Chip Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle recipe.

Potato Chip Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time:45 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

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Potato Chip Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe - Mom's amazing holiday cookie recipe. A shortbread recipe that is salty-sweet and fun to eat!


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature + 1 tablespoon for drizzle
  • 1/2 cup sugar, separated
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces chopped chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream together the 2 sticks butter, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and the vanilla. Add the potato chips and the flour and stir to combine.
  2. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Flour a work surface and roll the dough out to 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter cut the dough into 1 X 2 1/2 inch strips. Use a small thin spatula to transfer the strips onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
  4. Bake the cookies until they are light golden brown, 14-16 minutes.
  5. Remove the parchment paper with the cookies from the sheet and cool on the counter. When cookies have cooled, melt the chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until smooth. Drizzle it over the cookies. Let the chocolate harden before serving.
NOTES:  On occasion chocolate will seize (harden up) when you try to melt it. This happens because dealing with chocolate requires tempering (raising and lowering the temperature of the chocolate) with accuracy. However, we are not worried about perfection here--we're just drizzling cookies! If your chocolate seizes, add a little more butter or even some milk. This will cause the chocolate to loosen so you can drizzle it. Later it will firm up again--not quite as hard as pure chocolate--but it will still look and taste great!
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12 comments on “Potato Chip Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

  1. NANA Scrivposted January 20, 2010 at 4:02 am Reply

    Your blog is beautiful. I am so proud of you. I must go make those Potato Chip cookies again and add your flair of chocolate. Love MOM

  2. jtchristianposted January 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm Reply

    This is awesome, Sommer!! Can't wait for more!! Never heard of potato chip cookies….how much fun is that!?!? See you this weekend!

  3. jtchristianposted January 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm Reply

    You should post your blog on http://www.tastespotting.com! It is my fave site for all things FOOD!


  4. carmel76posted January 21, 2010 at 5:55 am Reply

    Reading your paragraph on your moms cookies brought a tear to my eye bc I have tons of fun memories from your mothers kitchen! But most importantly, I do remember those potato chip cookies!! Can't wait to make them now for my family!! :) Thanks for sharing all of this with us!

  5. Georginaposted January 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Love it, thanks for sharing.

  6. Jillposted January 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Sommer, this is wonderful! I look forward to reading more. You ROCK!

  7. Cathyposted November 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Hi, i have made pototoe chip cookies for many years, but mine were dropped and not drizzled! I cant wait to try your recipe,method. Mine were always great, but yours sound over the top!

  8. Pamela Sposted December 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Does this work with Kettle style potato chips? I’m thinking maybe Spicy Thai Kettle Chips. :-)

    • Sommerposted December 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Hi Pamela, Absolutely! Let me know how they turn out. :)

  9. Betsy @ Desserts Requiredposted December 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Welcome to the blogging world. Your pics, story and recipe are great!

  10. Jodee Weilandposted December 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm Reply

    This recipe looks fabulous! I love recipes from moms because they are always the best! Happy Holidays!

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