Wednesday, March 20, 2013

PB Chippers



The plate's pattern is called "My Spring Garden" by Lynn Gertenbach and it was a gift.
Happy Spring...hopefully, you are feeling like it's not far behind.  It's rainy and gloomy here in the Pacific Northwest, with just a hint of sunshine, so baking cookies seems like a good idea.

The cookies I created today were inspired by my daughters...in a way and by the fact that I literally lived on peanut butter growing up (and still do)!  First, my girls loved crushing potato chips and putting them on their sandwiches, particularly, tuna fish sandwiches.  I've never been a tuna fish fan, so my choice was crushing them for my peanut butter sandwich and, on top of that, we all loved anything salty dipped in chocolate, so, Ta Da! I made a peanut butter cookie with crushed potato chips and mini chocolate chips.

I'm pretty sure we got our "strange sense of taste gene" from my mother.  She was the Queen of unusual combinations; snacking on such things as Cheetos and Marshmallow Fluff or eating Ketchup Sandwiches.  She definitely was the one who got me hooked on peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, which, by the way, made my peers in school cringe:-))

PB Chippers
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1 /4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 T vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
2 large eggs
3 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup crushed potato chips (regular not Kettle-cooked)
1 cup mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together thoroughly.  Add the vanilla and peanut butter.
I used crunchy! 
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.   Add the dry ingredients and the potato chips to the mixture and combine.

   Finally, add the mini chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Use a 1/4 cup scoop to measure dough onto the prepared baking sheets.
You can use a fork to do a "criss-cross" pattern, or as I did, and use a meat mallet to press down the dough mounds.

It also makes a pretty pattern in the cookie.
Place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven and bake 13 to 15 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet about ten minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
This recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen+ of 3-inch cookies.  If you don't tell anyone about the potato chips they'll keep wondering what that salty crunch is!

Do you have any unusual food combinations...that you'll admit too? Happy Spring and Enjoy!








27 comments:

  1. Very intriguing ingredient!

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  2. What a cool idea!! I love the salty/sweet of the chips, chocolate, and pb!

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  3. This is really unusual - and I imagine unusually good!

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  4. Well my gosh, Susan. I never thought of that combination. Sounds intriguing. Well, I like to drink plain buttermilk and I also like chopped pickles in my tuna fish. Do those count. hee hee

    Take care. We still have lots of snow here. boooooo Susan

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    1. I drink plain buttermilk too, but with a sprinkle of ground pepper! When I was making biscuits with my grandson, he wanted to try it. I told him he may not like it, but he drank a small glass and said, "Good!" I guess I'm not surprised because when Kelly weaned him from breast-feeding when she had to have the double mastectomy, she chose goat's milk because they suspected he had an allergy to cow's milk. He took to that easily. I love hearing that other people have strange combinations; it makes me feel like I belong! XOXO

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  5. These cookies sound yummy! When my girls were in elementary school they would have potato chip cookies and they were yummy! This post brought back many memories!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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    1. My sister says, "funny how my memories are tied to food!" The cookies were yummy and my friends who tried them, couldn't tell what the interesting crunch or taste was! XOXO

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  6. i have a son that loves the chips in sandwich too, funny! cookies look and sound delicious!

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  7. This recipe sounds amazing! What a great combination of ingredients! Can't wait to give it a go:)

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  8. Love the potato chips idea! I was one of those kids in school who was "grossed out" by kids who ate PB and pickles--but now it sounds interesting--never to late to try something new (and strange!)

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    1. OMGosh, Petti, Did you know other kids who ate PB & pickle sandwiches?? I thought I was odd, but maybe there's a support group out there for me (tee hee)!

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  9. Well, Susan interesting combination. I like my peanut butter and potato chips but never thought to put them together.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  10. I have always favored potato chips with tuna fish sandwiches. They just seem to go together. I'm crazy about peanut butter and love it with bananas as well as on toast.

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  11. I adore salty/sweet! These cookies sound so good. I use to put crumbled chips on tuna and pbj sandwiches! I love dill pickle and cheese sandwiches with mayo and then there is the green olives with pineapple I adore. Oh enough or you will think I am completely weird!
    hugs, Linda

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  12. Only you, sis, could make this look so good!!
    Jane xx

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  13. Potato chips usually don't last long enough around here to make cookies! But I love this combination that you have made, so I will have to make a special effort to save some chips and make these yummy little cookies!
    In addition to PB and pickle, I like PB & J with a slice of American cheese. I've also been known to eat a mixture of peanut butter, honey and chocolate chips by the spoonful! Really bizarre!

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  14. I SO want these! I can't eat pb&j without my potato chips inside. :) I love the concept of chips in a tuna salad sandwich. Mmmm....And the salty sweet combo sings to my heard! Lv, me

    P.S. And, I would have eat half that Vermont breakfast cake, my dear friend. My kind of breakfast!! :D

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  15. This is such a cool idea! It looks really delicious.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  16. How can I not like a cookie recipe with potato chips in it??

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  17. I think you've outdone yourself on this one, Susan. Just when I think I couldn't possibly love you more, you add potato chips to peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. We were meant for each other!! I agree with your girls on the tuna and potato chip sandwiches, I actually still do that. I sometimes add pickles to that, but I'm not sure I could add them to peanut butter.... hhhmm.... Have a great weekend, I hope the sun comes out for you. xoxox

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  18. Yum! I love the combination of sweet and salty!

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  19. Hi Susan - A cold day down here in Portland, so I ran to the store to get the buttermilk to make the Vermont Breakfast Cake this weekend & the chips to make these great sounding cookies. While I don't think I could eat your fave of PB & Pickles, you might find my families odd outcast combo which is PD & Bacon sandwhiches. Even at age 55 I will make one for myself a couple of times a year because it is such a personal comfort food especially when the bacon is sizzling hot and makes the PB all gooey. It can't be too strange a combo because in the 1960's Skippy put out a special PB with bacon bits and it was sold for several years. I grew up in Upstate NY and don't know if it is a regional speciality or how my Mom came to make them.
    I loved reading about how your daughters loved potato chips crushed on tuna sandwhiches. As a 8-10 yr. old that was my absolute favorite. I can still remember taking the makings of that sandwhich to school once a week in my black vinyl covered lunch box with Barbie in a hot pink dress (ultra school-cool cafeteria gear in 1967). The smell of tuna clung to the vinyl permanently no matter how many times my Mom washed that lunch box. I think PB & pickles may not be for me, but I am in total agreement with you that salty & sweet is the best combo ever.
    Thanks for another entertaining post.

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  20. Hi Susan, Thanks for the PB cookie recipe but most of all thanks for the tip using the meat tenderizer to make that lovely impression on top of the cookies. I never would have thought to do that! Wishing you joy, Linda

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  21. Hi Susan...I don't think I have any unusual food combinations, but I do love Lays potato chips and I also love peanut butter. So this recipe is just right for my taste buds.

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  22. I love that dish design, it is beautiful and of course the cookies look so yummy, my favorite is chocolate chip and I love the little ones so I can have more...lol

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  23. A very unusual yet so delicious combination. I would definitely give chips a chance if I was offered these cookies.
    Have a wonderful week, Susan!

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  24. These sound yummy and your story about family food preferences made me laugh!

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