Brownies, Potato Chips and a Guest Post

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I’m so excited to share a guest post from Lynn at The Actor’s Diet.  I like to think of her as a celebrity blog friend:-)  Lynn documents her daily eats and her life in LA so well that readers feel like they know her.  Although she enjoys dessert, she doesn’t normally do a ton of baking.  However, these brownies looked so interesting and delicious that I wanted her to share them with you.

Hello “Keep it Sweet” Readers!  My name is Lynn Chen, and I’m an actress.  My blog, “The Actor’s Diet,” follows my life in Hollywood, meal by meal.  For years, I struggled with binge eating and anorexia, and took time off to come to terms with my body image and eating disorders.  The blog has really helped me forge a new relationship with food that I never imagined was possible.

These days, I often get asked how I stay looking camera ready, and the truth is – I don’t diet.  I don’t exercise.  I don’t count calories.  And I eat dessert, every single day.  So of course, I love Lauren’s blog and her sweet creations.

Unfortunately, I’m not much of a baker.  I don’t like measuring, mixing, waiting, or cleaning up.  But recently I did come up with a recipe for Cajun Brownies with Potato Chips that I’m pretty proud of.  It combines a lot of my favorite flavors – sweet, salty, and spicy – with a unique texture.  You can read more about my thought process behind the creation on my blog, but here’s the recipe!


Cajun Brownies with Potato Chips


  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 cup Cajun-flavored Potato Chips, crushed

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a bowl, combine the cocoa powder, salt, and flour
  3. Melt the butter, and add it to the dry ingredients, along with the vanilla and egg whites; stir until combined (40-ish strokes, I’m only guessing, Alice!) then fold in the potato chips
  4. Pour into a greased 8×8 Pyrex and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges slightly moist (20 was all I needed)


(adapted from Alice Medrich’s Best Cocoa Brownies)

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36 Responses to “Brownies, Potato Chips and a Guest Post”

  1. Maris(In Good Taste) July 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    This is a great guest post! Those brownies look delicious! Sweet and salty-yum!

  2. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    No way! That sounds… crazy … but maybe really good!?

  3. lynn @ the actor's diet July 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    thanks for featuring me!!!

  4. Ashley@BakerbyNature July 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I can totally imagine these flavors working on that fantastic sweet & savory combination I love so much!

  5. Kelly July 19, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Such a great guest post and WOW what a recipe! I’m sure it tastes great! :)

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Now that is an interesting recipe! I love brownies, and I like a twist! Great post!

  7. Ann July 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    I’m heading over to your blog to check it out…those sound crazy good! I LOVE the idea of the cajun potato chips in it!

  8. DessertForTwo July 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Isn’t Lynn the sweetest?? I met her at last year’s foodbuzz fest–another reason you should definitely go :)

    I’m a big fan of sweet + spicy! These look incredible!

    • KeepItSweet July 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm #


  9. alex July 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    how interesting! I love the spicy and sweet combo…I really think people would like this treat

  10. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 20, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    I love the sweet + salty! My fav cookies are bacon chocolate chip or chocolate sea salt… maybe next time I’ll just crumble in some chips. :)

  11. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook July 20, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    I would never think to add potato chips to brownies, of all things! But the contrasts might be an interesting change up. Great guest post :)

  12. Sandra July 20, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    The best of both worlds, yummy!

  13. Kathryn July 20, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    These look wonderfully crazy! What a fab idea and a great guest post :)

  14. Dalila G. July 20, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Hi Lynn!

    Wowzers!! What a brownie recipe! I never, ever thought of chips in brownie’s.
    I will try making this recipe because of the chips.
    I do like my sweet and salty combo’s. =)

    Thank you for sharing! :-)

  15. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite July 20, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    I adore this sweet & savory combo! Looks delicious!

  16. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 20, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    This is such a cool recipe! Love it!

  17. natalie July 20, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Oh, Lynn. These look so good I’m scared to make them. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have the same self-control you did to put off trying them. It’d be all over the second they got out of the oven.

    Lauren, you did all of us a favor by finding this gem. Guest posts are sometimes tricky to find, but you did it right! :)

    • KeepItSweet July 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      I was thinking the same thing! Thanks, Natalie.

  18. Veronica July 20, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Cajun potato chips in brownies? That is just so cuh-razy I think I’d love it. :)

  19. Living, Learning, Eating July 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    I love your attitude!

    But the brownies? A little avant garde, maybe? :P

  20. Carolyn July 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Oh my gosh, Lauren and Lynn, I love this. I’ve never heard of brownies with potato chips. Intriguing to say the least! I also have never heard of Lynn’s blog but I am off to check it out!

  21. cakewhiz July 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    great guest post!

    this has got to be the most unique brownie recipe i have ever seen and to rest my curiosity, i have to give these a shot soon…hehe

  22. HeatherChristo July 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    great post! I will have to head over to the actors diet!

  23. Simply Life July 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    I love her blog- great post!

  24. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    I would have never thought to put these flavors together! I bet it tasted great though! :)

  25. Kate@Diethood July 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Delicious guest post!! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe, and thanks for introducing me to The Actor’s Diet!

  26. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen July 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    These look amazing! I love the sweet and salty combo. I think I’d eat the whole pan :)

  27. Lindsey@Lindselicious July 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Great guest post- this combines all my favorites, spicy, salty and sweet! = HEAVEN!

  28. Joy July 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    The brownies look great.

  29. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan July 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I cannot put into words just how much I love this recipe!!!

  30. Skylar July 24, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    At first I thought “potato chips, what?”, but I get it, they look incredible!


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