Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How To Keep Your Family From Eating All Your Cookies

Cookies with chips on them
I finally found the way to prevent my family from eating any cookies that I intend to eat myself. Just put something on them that they think is disgusting, but is secretly delicious to you.

We made chocolate cookies last week, and I told my daughter that I was going to put potato chips on mine. She was horrified and said that was gross.

So when I did put the chips on about 1/3 of them, I noticed that NONE of my family ate them. Not one. They all went for the basic chocolate with no delicious salty embellishment.


You need to know that my family is a group of cookie hogs. I don't buy cookies because we'll sit in a group and eat the entire bag at once. The Girl Scouts know that I'm their best customer. I once froze cookies in the hopes that they would last longer...This just resulted in my husband eating the frozen cookies while standing in front of the open freezer. When I protested that they were frozen to stop people from eating them he said "That won't stop me."

So when potato chips stopped them, I was slightly stunned. Especially since I love the salt/sweet combination, but I guess they don't.

Balls of dough ready to bake
So here's my recipe for potato chip cookies that will possibly stop the cookie hogs. This is adapted from a Bakers chocolate recipe but I changed out a few ingredients.

4 oz. unsweeteened chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
 1 1/2 cups AP flour
chocolate icing or ganache
potato chips, the saltier the better

Dabs of icing on the warm cookies
Melt the butter and the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Heat for 1 minute then stir it until the chocolate melts. Add the sugar and mix well, then add the eggs and vanilla and blend in. Add the flour and mix well. Refrigerate for an hour or until the dough is stiff enough to roll into balls

Roll 1" balls and place 2" apart on a parchment- lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes, don't overbake. When the cookies come out of the oven slide the parchment sheets onto a cooling rack but don't try to remove the cookies from the parchment yet.

Cookies with icing spread on them.
Pipe a bit of chocolate icing or ganache onto the cookies while they're still warm. Add any toppings (chips) at this point, or just smooth the topping out and leave it plain.

When the cookies are cooled, remove from the parchment.

Final step, sit in a group with your family and eat all the cookies in one sitting. At least that's the final step in my house.

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and


Maxine said...

Lolll - Potato Chips - thats different.

In a *previous life*...cough - i used to just hide 2 or 4 cookies in an old saucepan that i never used anymore ... - NONONE ever thought of looking in there - every tho it was front and centre of the saucepan drawer... it was MY secret stash place
Call me crazy - but it worked.
There was always a cookie for me the next day when the family had toddled off to work and school and mum could have a quiet cuppa and cookie :)

Us Mums....we gotta do what we gotta do to survive lolllll


Maki said...

"Just put something on them that they think is disgusting, but is secretly delicious to you." Good idea! Like your cookies but more your final step! :))

Red Dragon said...

Good idea! I wouldn't even have to go potato chips, I'd just have to add raisins or dates or anything with a "healthy" ring to it (wheat germ or oatmeal) and my daughter would give it a WIDE berth!