Popcorn Cookies Say-What!?

19 May

Yeah, that’s right, popcorn-chocolate chip cookies. With extra salt. I mean, let’s celebrate the joy that are these cookies. First, they’re chocolate chip cookies. Only the best food ever. And then there’s popcorn. I’ve been on a major popcorn kick lately (maybe that’s what I have for dinner some nights….maybe). And then you add a pinch more of salt!? What could be better I ask?

One thing only could make these cookies rise a notch higher – sharing them as a birthday treat with my friend Bonnie. We were tossed together when working at an outdoor school 8-ish years ago (OMG, Bonnie, it’s been 8 years!) and our friendship has endured, bolstered by salt and butter…..and wine if I’m being totally honest.

Happy, happy birthday, friend!

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This recipe is from Smitten Kitchen a la Joy the Baker (I love Joy – she’s awesome – I want to cook like her, I want her dishes).

First, of course, you have to make the popcorn. I picked up this little air popper for $5 on clearance at Target one fateful night. Not the most efficient popper but it works!

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(I went for an action shot….not the greatest.)

Then, you make the dough. Start, of course, by mixing the sugar and butter.

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After the egg and vanilla you mix in your dry ingredients.

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It doesn’t look like a ton of dough but that’s ’cause you need room for the good part – fold in the popcorn!

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And the chocolate chips!

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The popcorn basically breaks down a bit as you mix it in and gets all yummy and crumbly.

Scoop the dough you didn’t eat straight out of the bowl onto the cookie sheet to bake.

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Yummy, delicious, weird, but awesome cookies are the result! I literally laughed with glee when I pulled them out of the oven.

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I also tried to get all artsy-fartsy like Joy and make a glorious stack of cookies. They fell over instead. So I just ate a few. Hope you enjoy, too!

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Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Joy the Baker)

Everything you’ll need:

  • About 4 cups butter popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Make the popcorn! Joy does her’s on the stove, Smitten Kitchen went with microwave, I used my air popper.
  2. To begin making the dough: Cream butter (1/2 cup) and sugars (1/2 cup brown, 1/3 cup granulated) together for about 3 minutes.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla (1 t).
  4. Add the flour (1-1/4 cup), baking soda (1/2 t), and salt (1/4 t) and beat until just combined.
  5. Use a spatula to fold in the popcorn (about 4 cups).
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips (1/2 cup).
  7. Scoop dough until a baking sheet and sprinkle the tops with sea salt.
  8. Bake 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees, then let rest on the pan for 5 minutes before removing.

 

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One Response to “Popcorn Cookies Say-What!?”

  1. Bonnie May 20, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    They were amazing! Ridiculously scrumptious combinations of all that is good and delish in this world – aka sweet, salty, crunchy, chocolate-y, buttery… need I say more??

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