Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies are bursting with all sorts of flavors and textures, with nutty brown butter and crunchy potato chips. 

I never would’ve thought to put a potato chip in a cookie until I tried a “compost cookie” from a local bakery.

Potato Chip Cookies

I remember biting into one of these cookies and thinking to myself, WHAT on earth is that?!

Each bite was speckled with this crunchy/chewy texture that I loved and I realized it was all thanks to the potato chips.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip cookies

I have made these Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies 11 times in the past 3 weeks, giving them to pretty much whoever I can.

I gave them to a photographer who took my new head shots, I served them as dessert when friends came over, I gave them as a birthday gift to my friend, I brought some down to the doormen who work at our building, I made them for a few handymen fixing the electrical in my apartment.

All of this because…I think everyone should try these cookies!

Just make sure to use good quality, thick-cut potato chips here. Kettle cooked is the best.

I’ve tried making these with thinner potato chips, and the texture doesn’t stand out.

How to Make Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies:

The first thing you want to do is brown two sticks of butter, then pour it into a mixing bowl.

You can see all the caramelized milk solids that have settled on the bottom:

Brown Butter

Next add brown sugar and white sugar:

Brown Butter Cookies

Whisk those together until combined, then add an egg and vanilla extract:

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Stir that until it’s combined (it will look shiny, thick, and glossy):

How to Make Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

Next add your dry ingredients, which are flour, baking soda, and salt:

Compost Cookie Recipe

And when the flour has *almost* disappeared, like below, you want to stop stirring:

Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the time you want to add crushed potato chips and chocolate chips:

Potato Chip Cookie Recipe

Portion scoops of the cookie dough onto a sheet pan, then sprinkle the tops with sea salt:

Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake until they flatten out and are golden on the edges:

Potato Chip Cookie Recipe

I like that they are a more mounded cookie with a gooey center, but if you want a flatter cookie, you can flatten them before baking.

Enjoy! The recipe and a full video are below.

Monster Cookies are a similar cookie that I also love making, along with SnickerdoodlesShortbread Cookies, and Molasses Cookies.

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Brown Butter Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Cookies have crunchy potato chips mixed in for texture, and nutty brown butter for flavor!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter chocolate chip cookies, potato chip cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 120kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup crushed kettle cooked potato chips
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the butter in a small skillet over medium to medium high heat, and first let it melt. Keep cooking the butter, stirring with a spatula, until little brown specks begin to appear on the bottom of the pan. Once those milk solid specks are a deep golden brown, pour the brown butter into a large mixing bowl, and let cool for 2 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar and sugar to the brown butter, and whisk until combined. 
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. It should be glossy, thick, and shiny.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt to the bowl, and mix the dry ingredients in until the flour has almost disappeared.
  •  Pour in the potato chips and chocolate chips, and stir those in gently until distributed.
  • Portion the cookie dough onto a sheet pan using a large cookie scoop, with a maximum of 12 per sheet tray. 
  • Bake the cookies for 13 minutes, until they have flattened a bit and are golden on the edges. Enjoy!

Notes

Make sure to use good quality kettle-cooked potato chips for this recipe. I have tried cheaper chips and they didn’t work well. You need a really robustly crunchy chip.
These cookies are thick, mounded and gooey in the center. Pre-flatten the scoops if you want a flatter cookie.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 0.5% | Calcium: 1.7% | Iron: 3.6%

Post updated in November 2018. Originally published October 2014.