The chips in these cookies are potato, not chocolate

October 06, 2004|DONNA CLORE

Potato chips are not your usual, basic ingredient in a cookie recipe. But Ramona Milburn of Perryville has been making potato chip cookies for 16 years, especially for special occasions at Woodlawn Children's Campus, where she has worked as dietary manager for the last 25 years.

The previous dietary manager, Eva Hendren, found the recipe in a cookbook, made it, and Woodlawn's administrator at the time, Bill Donovan, fell in love with them.

"It was his favorite cookie," Milburn said. "Any time we have anything special here (at Woodlawn), he wanted them served."

Friends request them for special events also.

"It's a very simple, easy recipe to make, which uses basic ingredients you would normally have at home, except maybe for the chips."

The cookies suit the tastes of both adults and children.

"It's more of an adult cookie because it isn't as sweet as other recipes - maybe because of the salty chips. But kids like it, too. And it would be easy for a kid to do because there is no cutting, rolling out or chilling. You just drop them."


She uses plain potato chips

Milburn usually uses plain potato chips although if you crush them a lot, it doesn't matter which ones you choose.

She has to make a lot of chocolate-oatmeal no-bake cookies for her daughter, Melynda, to take back to friends at the University of Kentucky. Melynda graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and public relations and now is enrolled in graduate school working on a master's degree in political science.

Her other daughter, Jennifer, is more into baking cakes than making cookies.

"She likes baking cakes and taking them to school for friends who are having birthdays."

A senior at Boyle County High School, Jennifer is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Family Community Career Leaders of America and other clubs.

Both girls were active in 4-H and Jennifer still is. She recently performed a monologue, "The Perfect Pitch," at the state fair. She had won in the county and area 4-H variety show.

Favorite foods of Kenneth, her husband of 28 years, are those cooked on the grill.

"He takes part in all of the food preparation - breaking beans, shucking corn - especially anything having to do with fresh vegetables. He is always there to help."

Milburn has been a 4-H crafts leader for 10 years with both juniors, ages 9-14, and seniors, ages 14-19. They meet once or twice every month to make projects. They just completed canvas painting and have plans to make ceramics, Christmas projects and design a T-shirt.

Youth between the ages of 9 and 19 may join 4-H, which offers a variety of classes, projects and activities. Anyone interested in joining, can call the Boyle County extension office at (859) 236-4484.

Milburn is active in her church, Perryville United Methodist, where she teaches a Sunday school class and works with a youth group. She will be performing in a play at her church Oct. 7 and 10.

Huge "Survivor" fan

And she is a huge "Survivor" fan.

"I only dream of the day I can be on there. People tell me I'm obsessed."

She has applied to be on the show several times and went to Lexington last January for a casting call for "Survivor." After spending the night in a tent - with snow outside - she ended up No. 28 in line. They took the first 250 for an interview.

"It was great fun to be with other 'Survivor' fans. But they didn't choose anyone from Kentucky."

"Kentucky Joe" (Roger Bingham) has been the only person selected so far from Kentucky. He visited Danville two to three years ago to talk to Milburn and the youth at Woodlawn about his experience on "Survivor."

Milburn has a notebook of "Survivor" paraphernalia, starting with the first "Survivor" series nine years ago. She writes to all the first season participants and gets responses from many. She also goes on the Internet to get even more information and already has printed out pictures and biographical information of the next participants.

"I just love the outdoors, nature, the wilderness," says Milburn, who was a counselor for several years for the Wilderness Camp for Woodlawn.

"God has been good to me - blessed me with a great husband and two wonderful daughters. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Potato Chip Cookies

1 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cup flour

1 cup crushed potato chips

1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

Powdered sugar

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add flour, crushed chips and nuts; mix. Drop by teaspoonful on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 6 dozen.

Donna Clore is Boyle County extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

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