Sunday, December 13, 2009

Amy K.'s favorite: Mimi's potato chip cookies

Amy is my sister in Chicago. We met at Northwestern, along with our friend Marisa, as freshmen in an all-girls' dorm (none of us had requested to live there). We've shared all of life's big moments since then; I always think how lucky I am to be in her life.

Once we took a knitting class together (post-college, pre-husbands and -babies when we had time for such a thing). The teacher kept chastising Amy for making her stitches too tight. I laughed - that is who Amy is. She does everything with her whole heart and a lot of intensity - her work as a social worker and her personal life as a loving mom, wife, daughter, sister and dear friend.

This recipe is from her beloved great aunt, who lived in Chicago:

Mimi's potato chip cookies
1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
3 c. flour
2 c. crushed potato chips
1/2 c. finely chopped nuts (optional)
1 T. vanilla

Cream butter; add sugar and cream together. Add flour gradually; mix together. Add vanilla, potato chips and chopped nuts.

Chill dough for at least one hour; easier to handle. Spoon dropfuls on ungreased pan and smoosh down with the bottom of a glass. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Bake for an extra 1 to 2 minutes if still light. Store in an airtight container.

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