I used to love Amelia Bedelia. Who wouldn’t love someone who “dresses the chicken” by sewing him a little tuxedo? In reality, Amelia would have been fired, possibly even sent to group home for adults unable to care for themselves. In fiction, she went on dressing chickens, dusting the furniture and drawing the drapes in her own way, always forgiven because she could bake a mean pie.
In Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping, she is asked to make chocolate chip cookies. Rather than the boring old butter cookie with chocolate chips that most of us would make, she creates a chocolate cookie with potato chips. Once again, her baking skills save the day.
Amelia Bedelia’s Chocolate “Chip” Cookies
2/3 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar)
4 cups potato chips, whole (I used Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut with Sea Salt)
Preheat your oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cream together butter flavored shortening and white sugar, then add egg and vanilla, whipping until fluffy.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
Turn mixer on low speed and alternate adding dry ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until just mixed.
Add whole potato chips to the mixing bowl. Turn the mixer on high for about 20 seconds to crush and mix in chips.
Place mixing bowl in freezer for 5 minutes, or refrigerator for 10 minutes. Don’t skip this step!
Using approximately 1/2 tablespoon of dough, roll into balls and place on your prepared cookie sheet. These cookies do not spread much, so you can put them fairly close together. I can fit about 18 on a cookie sheet with no problem.
Bake for 13-15 minutes and then remove to cooling rack. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk.
Don’t forget to keep things cold if you are making more than one batch! Put unused dough in the refrigerator while cookies are baking, then pop your hot cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes before prepping the next batch for the oven. Make it cold, bake it hot!
What is your favorite Amelia Bedelia memory?