This year the Irish Food Bloggers Association organized a holiday cookie recipe exchange. Bill and I love baking Christmas cookies, so I eagerly signed up. I was paired in the recipe exchange with Evin from Evin’s Cooking Peas & Q’s. Turns out Evin is a fellow American, so knows a cookie from a biscuit. And her recipe uses US measurements which is handy enough for me.

Evin sent me a recipe for one of her friend’s cookie traditions. First thing you’ll notice about the recipe is that it contains potato chips. Then you might wonder who Gladys Lum Bower is.

These cookies go together very easily. This is a flexible recipe; I used twice as many pecans for the heck of it, and the cookies turned out great. I used golden caster sugar and Kettle Chips potato chips. I’m not sure we would have identified the potato chips if we didn’t already know they were there, but the chips do add an extra bit of crunch. These cookies have a nice crumble and taste of butter and pecans. They are similar to a pecan sandie, which is great because I like pecan sandies.

I don’t know who Gladys is, but she makes a fine cookie.

Gladys Lum Bowers’s Pecan Crunch Cookies
1 cup butter, softened (of course) [225 g]
1/2 cup sugar [100 g]
1 tsp vanilla [5 ml]
1/2 cup finely crushed plain potato chips [?? g]
1/2 cup chopped pecans [50 g]
2 cup flour [240 g]

1. Preheat oven to 350 F  [180°C/gas mark 4].
2. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add potato chips and pecans.
3. Sift flour and mix in gradually.
4. Form into small balls and place on cookie sheets. Press balls slightly with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
5. Bake 14 to 18 minutes (until lightly brown around the edges).

See Evin’s take on my recipe from the swap: Frosted Oatmeal Cookies.

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12 Responses to Food Bloggers Holiday Cookie Exchange

  1. Dad Lamb says:

    I would accept some of these cookies. The chips (crisps) are intrigueing. I like anything with pecan (which are $11.00/lb in US, now. Good pecan year so price should fall soon). Yesterday, I made roasted pecans with rosemary, butter, brown sugar and Pico de Gallo. They were a hit.

  2. Your cookies look delicious Sharon! :)

  3. [...] Sweet and savory!! A recipe for success in my book. So, over at Gunternation you can see how Sharon’s experience with Gladys’s Pecan Crunch Cookies (yes, there are [...]

  4. Deborah says:

    Seems like a wierd combination but I’m quite curious to try these now…plentliful supply of crisps here and I just love pecans!

  5. Kat says:

    What an interesting recipe. The cookies look great. I’ll def be giving these a go

  6. [...] to see the recipe I sent to Sharon as part of this swap? Of course you do! Here’s the Gunternation post about [...]

  7. Clare says:

    I can vouch for these personally – I *loved* these cookies! Always been a sucker for Pepperidge Farm’s Pecan Sandies, but this one-upped those for sure.

  8. [...] be sure to treat yourself to some cookies too! Here are a few yummy recipes: Iced Oatmeal Cookies; Gladys Lum Bowers’s Pecan Crunch Cookies; Lemon & Honey Oat [...]

  9. [...] to see the recipe I sent to Sharon as part of this swap? Of course you do! Here’s the Gunternation post about [...]

  10. Evin says:

    My half of this post has moved to:

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