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!


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!


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

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


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


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


And the chocolate chips!


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.


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


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!


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


  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.


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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