We don’t watch football. But, we will watch the Superbowl. Why? Because it’s a great excuse to hang with friends and eat craptastically bad for us processed food. Here’s the slight problem with hosting parties at your own house: leftovers. Now, some may not see this as a problem at all because those leftovers mean you don’t have to cook dinner the next few nights. But, for us, parties are a time where we make an exception and eat terrible food. But after that party, all bad food goes out the door. I have 2 options at this point: toss it in the trash or repurpose it somehow. Since I hate wasting food, using a lot of this random leftover snack food is perfect for a cookie. Because using one junk food to create another junk food is obviously the best route to go. Obviously.
Disclaimer: I am not the inventor or this, in fact, about a bazillion other recipe sites and bloggers have made potato chip cookies. There’s a ton of varieties out there. Some are more of a shortbread consistency, some have chocolate, some with peanut butter… literally, kagillions of varieties. Moving on.
I paired potato chips, coconut and oatmeal. Random. Weird. OUTAOFTHISWORLD delicious! You only need 1 large bowl, 1 wooden spoon and a little elbow grease to make these cookies too. No creaming butter and sugar or chilling the dough. Just mix, scoop, and bake. Bam!
The slight crunch and salt from the potato chips, the scent of the coconut, and the heartiness of the oats, it’s an amazing combination. I’ve made about 4 batches of these cookies in the last month. And each time I love them more and more. Each time I change them up (just a tad) and they still turn out awesome. Here are some notes on the cookies:
Potato Chips: You can use plain or ridged chips. Really, any type of potato chip will work. Someone, try BBQ or Sour cream and Chive and tell me how they are!!
Coconut: I’ve used sweetened and unsweetened. Both turned out great. They produce slightly different flavors and results, but either type of coconut will work.
Oats: I’ve used instant and old fashioned oats, and even a combination. I even used instant flavored oats (maple brown sugar isn’t too shabby in these cookies, I must admit) and they all turned out excellent.
So don’t throw away those potato chip crumbs. Turn them into cookies. Don’t throw away the pretzels either, I’ve turned those into cookies before too and they were outstanding as well!