Monday, December 21, 2009

Potato Chip Crunchies

Introducing my cookie number 4... doesn't the title just scream for attention? When I came across this recipe in my baking book, I was really intrigued by it. I've never heard of or tried cookies with potato chips in them. I had to do it at all cost, and thank goodness as well, since it was a very simple-to-do cookie.

Ingredients -(I only made half the recipe) this below is the full recipe.

2 cups butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup crushed potato chips (I doubled this as I omitted the pecan nuts)
1 cup chopped pecans

Method -

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg & vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Fold in the potato chips and pecans.

2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 1-1/2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork. Bake at 175deg C for 12-14mins or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks and cool.

In the background are chocolate chip meringues which are a bonus bake. I made them the year before with crushed peppermint candy canes. That was my plan today but the candy canes weren't fresh and crunchy, thus I decided to not use them in case they messed up the meringues.

Ingredients for meringue-

2 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 peppermint candy canes, crushed. (I used mini chocolate chips just to make them look prettier)

Method -

1. Preheat oven to 110deg C. Line 2 cookie sheets with foil.

2. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until white stiff peaks form. Drop by spoonfuls 1inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets (I used a piping bag). Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy or chocolate chips over the cookies.

3. Bake for 1-1/2hrs in preheated oven. Meringues should be completely dry on the inside. Do not allow them to brown. Turn off oven. Keep oven door ajar, and let meringues sit in the oven till completely cool. Loosen from foil with metal spatula. Store loosely covered in cool dry place for up to 2months, if it's not gone before then. ;P

Loved the potato chips crunchies. They are excellent, and no, it's not because they contain the chips!


Jori said...

I made the chip cookies the first couple of years I was married - again, just because of the uniqueness of the one ingredient!

I haven't done any baking in a long time. Maybe you have inspired me?? Will let you know!

HK Choo said...

Ah, the potato chips crunchies are good? Shall do it next year then, doubt I got time this year, hahah..too much on the plate all of a sudden, body so tired that I can hardly catch my breath.

The meringues look pretty as well, how's the sweetness like?

Do you by any chance have the quantity produced for each type of cookie of the size you made? Just a rough calculation would suffice, thanks.

So does this conclude your xmas 2009 baking because it's a total of 5 recipes now (4 cookies + 1 fruit cake)? Hahah...just can't help the 'counting' part as I was trained to do that previously, heheh..just kidding.

daphne said...

hey hey! u hv been very busy lately with all the christmas bakes! merry christmas to you and family!

SIG said...

Jori - I love them! And it's the first time I've heard of them, but maybe over in America/Canada they are pretty well-known? Do bake some soon!

HK Choo - The cookies are fab! I made them as giveaways as I loved them that much! Meringues as usual are sweet, even with cutting down of sugar. Sorry but that is the one thing I always forget to do - count them! Actually I have one recipe which I have not made yet so not really concluded but there are 12 days of Christmas so who knows hahah. The fruit cake was fab! We love it.

daphne - Hahha, yes, too bored I suppose, or just love torturing myself. A Merry Christmas to you and A.