GOBLINS YOUNG AND old will like these cookies. M&M's are the treat while the trick, and extra flavor, comes from crushed potato chips.
The cookies are simple enough to make tonight for a special Halloween party tomorrow. Best of all, the recipe makes a generous seven dozen, enough to feed a lot of little monsters.
For extra oomph, we used all three varieties of M&M's now available: chocolate, peanut and peanut butter. Remember to press extra candies into the top of cookies before baking.
The nuts can be omitted if you like.
This recipe comes from a new book called "From My House to Yours" by John Hadamuscin; Harmony Books -- 1991, $17. This tiny book is loaded with food, gift and decorating ideas.
Crazy Chip Cookies
2 cups (4 sticks) butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups crushed potato chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups M&M-type candies
Flour for rolling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Beat in the flour, then add the potato chips, nuts and
one cup candies and mix well.
Roll the dough into three-quarter-inch balls and roll each ball lightly in flour.
Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about two-inches apart.
Lightly press with a fork to flatten slightly and press a few of the remaining candies into each cookie.
Bake until the cookies are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes and remove to wire racks to cool.
Store in tightly covered tins in a cool place. Makes about seven dozen.