Baker’s Best: Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies

May 25, 2023

This month’s baking entry and story have a special twist! 

Jane Taylor with her friend Suzanne during the Taylor Hiking Group’s trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Courtesy photo

The recipe I’ve included comes from Suzanne Kletch, whom I met on a hiking trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon in April. While the group consisted of mostly Bedford friends, four other hiking women joined us for our adventure. One of them was Suzanne, from Milwaukee Wisconsin. We discovered a mutual love of spending time both outdoors and in the kitchen baking, thus creating an instant bond.  

Much of our “trail talk” focused on our favorite recipes and sweet treats we enjoy. Suzanne’s enthusiasm for life and having fun was infectious. Of course, the fact that she has a “sweet tooth” qualifies for a good friendship.

I spoke with Suzanne about my baking column in our local online newspaper. She was intrigued and asked for the website link. And so, the idea of including one of her favorite recipes seemed like a perfect and unique plan for May. 

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Suzanne’s Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies Recipe

A colorful display of potato chip shortbread cookies. The napkin was made by one of our trip leaders-note the Southwest theme. Photo by Jane Taylor


  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring (I prefer Madagascar vanilla)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup finely crushed potato chips


  • Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla thoroughly 
  • Stir in potato chips
  • Blend in flour
  • Roll dough in 1-inch balls
  • Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet
  • Flatten cookie balls with fork
  • Decorate with your favorite color sprinkles (I used colored non-pareils)
  • Bake 8-10 minutes 

Makes 6 dozen   

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May 30, 2023 9:31 am

A cookie made with potato chips: the merging of my two worlds. It is a little scary to contemplate…but not so scary that I won’t be making it immediately! Thank you, Jane.

Mary criscione
May 25, 2023 4:16 pm

Love that you included this recipe from Suzanne!

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