Pecan Crunch Cookies

My associate pastor's wife, Donna, brought these lovely cookies to a recent church reception and my dear husband raved about it for days. Being married to me for 18 years now, he has a palate of a seasoned food critic. So when he talks about food, I listen.

For the Wednesday Noon Service lunch today, I had full confidence that this would be a hit.

I loved the surprise ingredient.....crushed potato chips! A few, quick pulses in a food processor yielded great, coarse crumbs.

The dough had a short bread consistency. Dip the bottom of a glass in sugar and gently press the dough balls into small discs.

Press pecan halves in the center and bake until the edges are just so lightly golden.

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1 cup (8 oz) softened butter
1/2 (3.5 oz) cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups (10 oz) all purpose flour
1/2 (1.5 oz) cup finely crushed potato chips
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans and 1/2 cup extra halves to top the cookies.

Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla.

Stir in potato chips,pecans and flour until well combined.

Form into small ball.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet or on parchment paper lined pan.

Press down with bottom of tumbler dipped in sugar

Top with a pecan halves.

Bake at 350 for 12 - 18 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies

Note: cookies should be light in color...like shortbread


  1. Oh gorgeous, I really love your pictures.

  2. Besides looking beautiful these cookies sound so good! Potato chips, pecans, and sugar...Yum! :)

  3. Your pecan crunch cookies are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Also, thank you for you kind comment on my blog.
    Incidentally, since I was in catering as well, I volunteered to cook for a Weds. night church supper at a local Baptist church, which lasted three years, and I'm not even Baptist!
    I'm following your blog, I hope you will follow me. I would like to stay in touch with you!

  4. These look delicious! I love salty and sweet...I can't wait to try these! Thanks!

  5. Oh these cookies look absolutely divine!! I could use these with a cup of tea anyday!!

  6. Who would have thought, chips and cookies as one? I can't wait to try them. I love your blog. Thanks for posting kind words on mine. Blessings here!

  7. Whoa--potato chips!? Wow. The pecan in the middle makes them look so beautiful.

  8. YUM! I love recipes with secret (sp?) ingredients! Will have to try this. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. That recipe is original! What wonderful cookies.



  10. Kay, I almost "stole" your cookie recipe for this week, but decided to save them for next week. You beat me to the punch!:) Potato chips are on my grocery list though and I will be making them, just not for the "12 Weeks." It sounds like such a fabulous recipe! Thanks again for sharing:)

  11. What a great secret ingredient. I love how this sounds.

  12. I love the secret ingredient! I think the chips make a sweet/salty cookie that looks amazing!

  13. I was searching for a creative and simple cookie recipe, and may I say this cookie recipe with potato chips made me sooo happy. I made cookies for my family, friends, and co-workers and they all loved them. Thank you a million for sharing with the world a unique and tasty cookie.

  14. Thank you, Yvette! My family and I love these cookies, too! And potato chips add such wonderful crunch and just enough saltiness, love it! So glad I can share it with you!

  15. I haven't tried baking cookies, but when I saw your recipe I kind of think to give it a try. This weekend my kids are coming over to my place and this will be lovely surprise. It really means a lot to me. Thanks for sharing Kay.