Momma Told Me: Grab Some Milk: Potato Chip PB+J Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

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Grab Some Milk: Potato Chip PB+J Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

peanut butter and jelly cookies
Momma Told Me: They go together like peanut butter and jelly!

When I was a child I was strictly a peanut butter girl. Momma would make me a PB+J Sammy (as they're affectionately known by those who haven't yet developed the linguistics skills to pronounce mufti-syllable words), and ship me off to kindergarten. Every lunch, which as I recall was really a semi-cricle of kids swapping food; I would gingerly scrape the purple jelly off the top half of my sandwich then smush it back together. I loved fruit, but I didn't feel it had any right to be on my peanut butter. Perhaps it was texture, perhaps it was simply that I knew peanut butter was far less nutritious to begin with (if only someone had told me preserves were loaded with sugar!) I simply never cared for this classic foodie combination until I was too old to enjoy Momma's love and lunches anymore.
Chicken and waffles chips
So, I digress; peanut butter and jelly is a food profile that most associate with childhood, whether they loved the sandwiches or not. Personally, I still think a peanut butter banana sandwich (Elvis style) is tops- but that's for another recipe post. Today we are amidst Post #2 of  5 in our Potato Chip Cooking series, and this recipe is yet another sweet one. You may recall our Double Chocolate Potato Chip Brownies from last week; well, this recipe is a much more mellow; nostalgic one. After all, what else usually came in my elementary sack lunches, but a Ziploc baggies of Dad's leftover potato chip crumbs. Okay, they weren't literally his crumbs, but it did seem like I got the bottom of the bag, smashed chips more often than not. (Something I suspect I will be discussing with a counselor as I get on in age.) It's these greasy baggies of broken Lay's that inspired me to smash my last bag of Chicken and Waffles potato chips and integrate them into the following recipe for soft and chewy Peanut Butter + Jelly Thumbprint Cookies.
Sure, you can smash up potato chips and throw them into any old recipe; that process is precisely how some of the most popular flavor combinations have been created, pure luck. But I didn't set out on this potato chip coking mission with the intent to throw a bunch of bizarre (arguably wildly unhealthy) recipe ideas your way. I sat down and drafted 5 unique recipes that could stand alone without the chips, but are otherwise enhanced (in texture or taste) by the addition of them. Just keep in mind, I'm not endorsing cooking with chips day-to-day, merely presenting a creative solution for those 1/4 bags of 'crumbs' floating around the cupboard.  Just, please, if you're going to give chips to your daughter, don't use those- (Mom) I mean, spring for a fresh bag, they even make fun sized, just for kids.....that's all I'm saying....
Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies
So, I made this recipe for soft and chewy peanut butter thumbprint cookies, and enlisted the other half for assistance (dish washing). I heard several times, during the process how he 'didn't care for peanut butter cookies' and how the Chicken and Waffles chips seemed like an odd combination. Again, I differ you to my Chicken and Waffles potato chips review; the flavor is very subtle and one of a lingering syrup aromatic. If you could bottle the aroma just after pouring syrup on a fresh stack of waffles, that's the flavor you're gaining from the addition of these chips. Naturally, you can get the same texture effect by crushing regular potato chips, as well, but I especially like the extra note of maple here.
Peanut Butter Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
These cookies are great for beginning bakers, as they are no fuss, and do not brown quickly once fully cooked. You can give the oven a few extra minutes on either side and still find them delicious. If you wish to turn them into PB+J Thumbprint cookies simply re-indent your thumbprints upon remove from the oven and drop a dollop of your favorite preserves in the little nook atop. As a side note, we did learn the difference between jelly (made from fruit juice), jam (made from fruit pulp), and preserves (less processed fruit chunks), during this little project. It's my home chef opinion one should avoid jelly, especially if not being consumed immediately, as it will have a higher liquid content and tend to soften the cookie over time. Additionally, when cooking with potato chips, keep in mind the chips will go stale when exposed to the air; so store all recipes as air tight as possible and in the fridge when not being served.

So how did these curious cookies turn out? In all honesty, I think they are now one of my favorites! I could eat a bag of the cookies without the preserves, or a plate of them with. We used Oregon Strawberry Preserves, and it was just the right balance of tang and sweetness. The cookies almost melt in one's mouth, even now, days later. The peanut butter texture is a lot more mellow than a traditional, crumbly, cookie, and the chip flakes add a fun crunch to each bite. These Peanut Butter and Jelly Potato Chip Cookies go great with a glass of milk, and will have you ready to snuggle on the couch with a blankie and coloring book in no time!

What Daughter Says: With or without the chips, these cookies are sure to be a hit!
Continue reading for the full, printable, recipe.....

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
Peanut Butter + Jelly Potato Chip Cookies
***Click for printable PB+J Thumbprint Cookie Recipe


* 1 C Crushed Potato Chips (optional)
* 1/2 C Butter, Room Temperature
* 1/2 C Granulated White Sugar
* 1/3 C Brown Sugar
* 2/3 C Creamy Peanut Butter
* 1 Egg
* 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
* 1 1/2 C Flour
* 3/4 TSP Baking Soda
* Pinch of Salt
* 1/2 Cup Jam or Preserves (Raspberry or Strawberry)

*Preheat the oven to 350F

1.) Line a baking sheet with parchment, or cooking spray treated foil.
2.) In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, and peanut butter until light and fluffy (approx 2MINS). Add the vanilla and egg, mix until combined.
3.) In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
4.) Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and stir until fully combined.
5.) Roll the dough into 1.5-2" balls, and in the crushed potato chips (optional). Place on cookie sheet and make light indent with pink finger to create a cavity.
6.) Bake for 7 MINs at 350F. Cookies should be lightly puffed and beginning to brown along bottom edges. If some of the indentations have filled in baking simply re-indent gently.
7.) Allow the cookies to cook and fill each center with the Jam/Preserves of your choice.


  1. YES! I'm so excited about this recipe! I showed the pics you posted on facebook to my husband and he nodded approval and said they sounded pretty good. Can't wait to make them!!

  2. Interesting - I wasn't aware of the chicken and waffle chips. That'll teach me to go on vacation!

    I love peanut butter and jelly cookies and I can see where the extra crunch from the chips would be a welcome addition.

  3. Would've never thought to put them together, but I am going to have to make some of these for my sister!

  4. I first tried these types of chips this spring and really enjoyed them. I think this recipe looks like such a great one and am anxious to try it. Pinning!

  5. Those look really good!I am going to try thins

  6. What a neat idea to make those cookies...very clever!

  7. I never would have thought to put that together but it sounds interesting.

  8. I have been dying to see this recipe. WHen you mentioned it, I couldn't imagine it. Wow, looks even better than I thought. Chips and peanut butter!!!/???

  9. These cookies look so good!!! YUM!

  10. I have to admit, the potato chips in the title kinda threw me....but once I saw the cookies, oh my, they look so good. You have convinced me now. :)

  11. That's what I call food combining! have to try these!

  12. I have done thumb print cookies before, but not even close to this!!! Definitely unique! But dang it all, I HAVE to try this!!

    Although I don't know if I will be able to find those chips in our area. They sound so unique!

  13. Oh my heck! I haven't had breakfast yet and these just made me really hungry. I can't wait to try them.

  14. What an interesting and unique recipe. A must try! Thanks for sharing!

  15. mmm those look so delicious i must try making them!

  16. Now this is something I could never have imagined, what an interesting cookie.

  17. I have never seen potato chips used in cookies or a dessert-type food before. I bet, it would be great.

  18. Omg these look AWESOME. I love sweet & salty together

  19. I would never think of using these chips in a cookie. Such a great idea! The savory and sweet together...perfect.

  20. Those look really good. I love the chicken and waffles chips. I didn't think I would, but they are so addictive!

  21. my mom makes potato chip cookies that are really good, but they aren't peanut butter. These do look really good!

  22. holy jeez these look amazing! i am pinning these to make this weekend!thank you!

  23. PB & J cookies, yes! They look delicious.

  24. Oh these look really good! Potato chips huh? I would never have thought to add those! Cant wait to try it!

  25. sounds like a yummy idea!

  26. SHERRIE C.

    Wow those P&J cookies look so yummy. I would have never thought to use potato chips in a cookie recipe but from the pics and posts, apparently it works. I'm going to have to give this recipe a try.

  27. They look awesome, can't wait to try it!!

  28. YES! This idea is ridiculous and amazing - I had no idea that chicken and waffles chips was even a thing.

  29. Those cookies look so delicious! I definitely want to make these!

  30. wow, i love all the flavors! now if only there was a healthy version...