Sue Sober of Baltimore was in search of the recipe for the potato chip cookies that were sold at Hutzler's department store. The last of the legendary department stores that provided goods and services to Baltimoreans for 132 years, closed over three decades ago. Many people still have fond memories of not only of the merchandise side of the store but its restaurants, tea rooms and bakeries.
As luck would have it, Joyce Smith of Arbutus, who worked at Hutzler's in Westview until it closed in the late 1980s, sent in a recipe for the potato chip cookies. When she saw Sober's request, it rang a bell with Smith, so she went digging and found the recipe in one of her Hutzler's monthly employee newsletters. While she hasn't made the cookies in quite a while, she remembers that they were very easy to make and that they melted in your mouth. While I don't recall ever having a potato chip cookie at Hutzler's, I still have fond memories of those decadent fudge cupcakes sold at the little bakery tucked behind the candy counter in the Towson store. I baked up a batch of these salty, sweet and delicious cookies — using Utz potato chips, of course — and I'm missing Hutzler's all over again.
Dorothy Griffith of Sparks would like a recipe for osso buco made with a brown gravy.
Jackie Commins of Redmond, Ore., wrote in saying that in the process of packing and moving she has lost her recipes for green tomato pie and green tomato preserves. She would be "ever so most grateful if someone could help."
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Hutzler's department store potato chip cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen cookies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup crushed potato chips
Confectioners' sugar for dusting, if desired
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and the sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg yolk and vanilla.
Add the flour and the nuts and mix until well blended then gently fold in the potato chips.
Drop by teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes.
Remove to wire rack to cool slightly, then dust with confectioners sugar, if desired.