Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookie Bars from Bake Your Day

Let’s talk about name-brand groceries for a moment.  Do you buy them?  Do you buy store brand?  Do you really pay much attention?

I have always been one to consider the store brand when making purchases, with most things, that is.  They usually do not fail me and they almost always save a few bucks!

However, there are certain things that are no-questions-asked-buy-the-real-thing kind of groceries.  For example – in our house, the only mayonnaise we buy is Hellman’s.  My husband practically requires Hellman’s.  You will never find store-brand ranch dressing, only Hidden Valley takes residence in our fridge.  You all know how I feel about sugar – I’m pretty partial to Imperial.   And I grew up with nothing other than JIF peanut butter in the pantry.  I don’t buy much cereal but when I do, I buy the real stuff.  And lastly, potato chips just won’t do unless they are the real deal.

Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookie Bars

Growing up I always remember these certain “splurges” at the store that my mom allowed.  We didn’t get chips very often but when we did, Cape Cod Chips are what we chose, and still do.  Cape Cod chips are one of my #1 favorite road trip snacks – give me an iced tea and a bag of Sea Salt and Vinegar chips and I’m good to go!

And since it’s National Potato Chip Day, I thought we should celebrate with a sweet and salty treat – Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Bars.  I’m a fan of sweet-and-salty treats.  I’m a huge fan of potato chips in my cookies and if you have never tried it, you should wait NO longer, my friends.  It will blow you away!

Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookie Bars from Bake Your Day

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Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Total Time: 40 min

Classic soft and chewy cookie bars baked with salty potato chips & sweet milk chocolate chunks.


10 5/8 ounce (2 1/8 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup (12 Tbs.) butter, room temperature
7 ounces (1 cup, packed) light brown sugar
3.5 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
3 ounces milk chocolate chunks
3 cups kettle-cooked potato chips, I like Cape Cod Original chips


Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix an additional 3-4 minutes until the mixture is creamy, fluffy and no streaks of fat remain. Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated, no longer than 30 seconds. Add the chocolate chunks and mix a few seconds, and then add the potato chips, mixing only a few seconds. Some of the chips will break - that's ok.

Spread the dough out into the prepared pan and press it into the corners, spreading evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes until baked through. Don't overbake! Cool completely before cutting.

Cassie's Notes:
I decided to add a little milk chocolate at the end. If I would have had butterscotch chips, I would have tossed those in instead but I was out.

If you are a big chocolate fan, you can increase the chocolate. I kept the amount low because I just wanted a little taste, but didn't want it to overpower the taste of the chips.

I strongly suggest you measure the flour and sugars in this recipe in grams. I have made this recipe countless times and it just comes out better when I measure with a food scale. However, if you don't have one, just be careful not to over-pack the flour (use the spoon-and-sweep method for measuring) and pack the brown sugar tightly.

Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookie Bars from Bake Your Day

Disclaimer: Cape Cod provided me with a case of their chips to try out.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are 100% my own as always. I just like to share products that I truly love and use in my kitchen! 


58 Responses to “Chocolate Chunk Potato Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. #
    Tieghan — March 14, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    Wow! This sound awesome and look even better. I need to put some potato chips in my cookies!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — March 14, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    Yes yes yes to salty-sweet. (Sometimes I even put pretzel on my PB&J. Try it!)
    Great question on the groceries. I’m with you on the cereal (it really does taste different!), Hidden Valley (must), and JIF creamy natural is the name of the PB around here. My other must brand: Nestle chocolate chips (or Ghiradelli if I’m REALLY splurging). Ever since I read “chocolate-flavored liqueur” as an ingredient on the store-brand variety, I’ve steered towards more natural chips.

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    Amanda — March 14, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    I cant think of anything better than these right now… the salty sweet combo is calling my name! 🙂

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    Kate@Diethood — March 14, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    We LOVE Cape Cod Chips! love love love! SO GOOD! 🙂
    So, I am not the only one that stuffs chips in cookies?!? These cookies are soooo up my alley!

  5. #
    Anne @The Cooking Campaign — March 14, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    YUm! We love Cape Cod Potato chips! I love sweet and salty desserts 🙂

  6. #
    Tracey — March 14, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I love Cape Cod chips too! They’re local and I’ve always wanted to visit, maybe one of these days… Your cookie bars look amazing, the perfect salty-sweet combo for sure 🙂

  7. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 14, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    Girl this is killing me. How am I supposed to eat my yogurt now ; )

  8. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 14, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Potato chips in cookies? I have seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen the light.

  9. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — March 14, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    I love these Cassie! Cape Cod Chips are my fave and you know I adore sweet & salty!!

  10. #
    Amber | Sprinkled With Flour — March 14, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Love chips. Love cookies. So I know I’m gonna LOVE these! I could use a good chewy cookie bar today. 🙂

  11. #
    Marly — March 14, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    This sounds so rich and looks so amazing! I bet they got eaten very quickly!

  12. #
    Sheila — March 14, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Oh my goodness! My mom always made potato chip cookies! I have my own spin on them. These look so tasty and delish!

  13. #
    Sheila — March 14, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    OH and BTW I am a name brand person, unless it has been recommended by someone then I will purchase store brand…I’m a chicken..I stick with what I know ; )

  14. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 14, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    I want these for breakfast!

  15. #
    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — March 14, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Salty and sweet, with a touch of Cape Cod!? I’m in love!

  16. #
    Meghan {For the Love of Dessert} — March 14, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    I will totally buy store brand for most things except pasta and ketchup (ALLLWAYS Heinz) and most of the things I bake with (King Arthur and Ghirardelli chips are just always worth the extra $$). Oh and Oreos!

    Those bars look so good even without the chips. Add those and this is sooo drool worthy.

  17. #
    katie — March 14, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Yum!!! These look to die for!!! Love the sweet and salty mix!

  18. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 14, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    These sound totally scrumptious, Cassie!

  19. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 14, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Cassie! I made potato chip chocolate chip cookies over the weekend for a get together with my girlfriends. We are OBSESSED with the sweet and salty! I mean how can you go wrong? Chips… good. Chocolate… GOOD. Cookie Bars? amazing. 😉

  20. #
    Wendy — March 14, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Salty plus sweet. Chewy plus crunchy. Vanilla plus chocolate. These bars have something for everyone!

  21. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 14, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Cape Cod chips have been a long time favorite of mine as well! They’re just so darn crunchy, and thats how I Love em!

  22. #
    Amanda — March 14, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    I have a family member that works for a “name brand” chip company and they actually make chips and then package them in the “store brand” bags sometimes. You may actually be eating the same chips just at a lower price. 🙂

  23. #
    katie @ fromicecreamtomarathon — March 14, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    These look amazing. I’m shopping for the ingredients tonight, and baking them tomorrow!

  24. #
    Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — March 14, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Love chocolate and potato chips! I’ve never tried the Cape Cod potato chips.

  25. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — March 14, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Salty & Sweet – marriage made in heaven. These look so great Cassie. Love.

  26. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 14, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    I’m officially craving salty and sweet now!

  27. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — March 14, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Officially flipping over these positively perfect sweet and salty bars, Cassie! Adding potato chips to these totally makes it a Hayley-favorite 🙂

  28. #
    JulieD — March 14, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    Love this!! Salty and sweet is awesome!

  29. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 14, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    You just stole my heart! I love these sweet and salty bars. Cape Code Chips are the only potato chip brand I buy also.

  30. #
    TowsonLen — March 14, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    What are the weights (in grams) for the flour and sugars? BTW, cannot wait to try these. Bringing dessert for the family Easter gathering and you just defined the dessert for me!

  31. #
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — March 14, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    These sound AWESOME! I am totally bookmarking this recipe. I absolutely love a good sweet and salty combo :).

  32. #
    Aly — March 14, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    I saw that Skippy won in some taste tests and I tried it, but had to go back to my standby–Jif! 🙂 Have you ever tried Skippy?

  33. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 14, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Adore cape cod chips – they’re so perfectly crisp and bonus… they’re local! 🙂 I’m a local food snob I guess. And I’m completely intrigued by this recipe. Sweet/salty is totally growing on me

  34. #
    tanya — March 14, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try chips in my baking! Now I have a solid recipe to use! AND I’ve never tried the Cape Cod Chips-but you sold me! I’m very brand loyal with my food-and toilet paper I guess!

  35. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    At 2am last night I was baking a version of choc chip cookie bars and they’re about to go have their photo shoot right now! I wish I had baked in potato chips..GREAT idea!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — March 14, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    funny about the chips–i actually prefer the Aldi brand chips to many store brand versions–specifically sweet potato and their sun chips!

    at any rate, these sound fantastic!

  37. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — March 14, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Love these! I had a list of which store brands are really name brands in disuise (like how Target Assets are really Spanks or how some Loreal is really Lancome) but I can’t find it. Target store brands are really great, but some generics just suck. Food stuff, I tend to go premium, but other stuff I tend to go cheap. And I love that you put potato chips in cookies!

  38. #
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — March 14, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    What isn’t better with potato chips? 😉 These sound delicious!

  39. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — March 14, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I’m a brand snob – Hellman’s all the way!! Potato chip cookie bars?? You’re killing me!!

  40. #
    Tessa — March 14, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    I’ve done pretzels before but never potato chips in cookies. Love the sweet-salty combo though, so I’m sure these would be great!

  41. #
    a farmer in the dell — March 14, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    I love this salty sweet combo! Brilliant!

  42. #
    Sylvie — March 14, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    This is one occasion where I wish I could reach inside my screen and eat one of these. They look so good I want one now.

  43. #
    Baking Serendipity — March 14, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    I’ve never added potato chips to cookies before, but these definitely make me want to try it out! Also…I really like Giant Eagle brand kettle chips, but otherwise skip the store brands too.

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    Monet — March 14, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    Smile. Like you, I have a few brand name items that are a must. These are such wonderful cookie bars. I can’t wait to try them! Thank you for sharing. As always, a lovely end (or beginning) to my day. Have a blessed weekend!

  45. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — March 14, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    I’m not much of a brand-name gal, so I’d eat these with any potato chips 🙂 YUM.

  46. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 15, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    I always have my set of things that have to be a certain name brand like Heinz ketchup. I think it’s because these products are what I grew up on so I’ve never tried anything “outside of the box.”

    Love these bars btw. Adding chips into a baked good is pure genius. And Cape Cod chips are the best!

  47. #
    Deborah — March 15, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    I love sweet and salty, so these are totally calling my name!!

  48. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 15, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    Sweet and salty desserts are a huge weakness for me. Love the potato chip/chocolate combo!

  49. #
    Sues — March 15, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    I only buy Hellman’s Mayo, too! And I’m a Skippy girl! I’m not much for kettle cooked potato chips, but when I do buy them, definitely Cape Cod (I am a MA girl, after all!). And using them in these cookies is the best idea ever!

  50. #
    TowsonLen — March 15, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Thought I would add my 2-cents on brands. In the Mid-Atlantic area Utz Potato Chips are so good. Also, an Aldi just opened near us. Definitely try their peanut butter. My youngest son has autism and some finely tuned taste buds. For the longest time he would only eat either peanut butter and jelly sandwiches of macaroni and cheese and the peanut butter had to be Jif. He then tried the Aldi brand, Peanut Delight, and it has become his new standard of excellence.

  51. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 15, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I think we could do alright on a road trip together. I’ll bring the iced tea and salt & vinegar chips. You bring these awesome looking bars!! Ok?! 😉

  52. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — March 15, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I love potato chips and chocolate together! One of my favorite chocolate shops here sells a chocolate bark topped with caramel & potato chips and it is the best thing ever. These are awesome!

  53. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 17, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    LOVE these!!! Cheers to salty and sweet! 🙂

  54. #
    dixya@food, pleasure, and health — March 18, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    i heard these stuff is gooood. I need people with me to share these because alone, I could see it disappearing soon.

  55. #
    Shaina — March 22, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    I have a secret obsession with chocolate covered potato chips. It’s the sweet and salty. I am sure these also fit the bill.

  56. #
    Kristyna — July 12, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    Hi-I baked these and they came out with browned edges but the middle was undercooked. I followed the recipe to the t so I’m not sure what happened! My oven is fairly new too.

  57. #
    Melanie Threatt — February 8, 2015 @ 9:12 am

    My recipe came out edible, but not delectable. I had to cook it for about 32 minutes, but I’d definitely watch the time. After 25 minutes it was just not done on the bottom. But then again, the store only had reduced fat chips. It was better the next day actually. I think next time I will use semi sweet chocolate instead since there is so much sugar already in the recipe. And I may lightly crush most of the chips and prss them into the surface of the dough, reserving 16-32 small chips to press vertically into the top of each bar before going into the oven.

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