Monday, November 16, 2009

Forget the Flowers. This Monday Morning Delivery Includes Cookies!

Oh yes it's Monday and if your week ahead looks anything like mine, there's no time for flowers.

We're gonna need cookies.

And lots of them.

I found this recipe at the Real Simple Website and made some up today. Yow-Wow. They are good. They remind this girl of Pecan Sandies.

"Oh! Betty!" I can hear some of my health conscious readers say, "These sure don't look healthy!" OK, here's what you can do to remedy that:

Get the good kind of potato chips, crush the required 3/4 cup for the recipe and eat the rest of them as you make the cookies. Also, guzzle at least a liter of Diet Pepsi and gobble about a pound of chocolate as the cookies bake. By the time the cookies come out of the oven, you'll think of them as health food and they are--Mental Health Food.

Potato Chip Cookies


• 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup more for coating
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 3/4 cup potato chips, crushed
• 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Lower to medium speed and add the vanilla. Add the flour and cinnamon to the butter mixture. Beat on low speed until incorporated. Fold in the potato chips and pecans.

2. Form into approximately 1 1/2-inch balls. Dredge in the remaining sugar. Place on parchment- or foil-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.

3. Bake until golden brown around the edges, about 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

Betty's Notes:

1) I added an egg yolk to the mix because the dough was super crumbly and I thought I might as well throw it in there for the glue-like effect eggs can bring to nearly anything.*

2) I formed these into balls as directed. When I looked in the oven after about 8 minutes I noticed they were still in uptight little balls, so I took a spatula and lightly but firmly slapped on the cookies until they submitted to my will and flattened out to look like normal cookies who could go out into society and lead normal lives.**

*When we were kids and ran out of glue for school projects, my mom would crack open an egg, separate the white and the yolk and we'd use the white as glue. Cool, huh?

**Attention Gals! This works on men too.


Kitty Moore said...

I'll give this a bash and let you know how it works out!

Que Merrill said...

slappies, not cookies!

Anonymous said...

oh betty -- these little health monsters were exactly what i needed! they were FAB. thank you :)

Bossy Betty said...

Oh, they were good. Wonder if, as a time-saving device, I could just smash potato chips, butter and sugar together for a snack and skip the baking part. Alas, that Martha part of me will probably insist on going the distance with the whole baking thing. Anyway, it hardens them up so you can eat more without the mess.

Bake on, my sisters!