Popcorn Cookies {The Leftovers Club}

Oct 03
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I love the combination of salty and sweet… like chocolate covered pretzel and popcorn cookies. Yes, popcorn cookies. I would never have thought to put popcorn in cookies until I ran across a recipe in the Smitten Kitchen’s cookbook.

Popcorn Cookies -- Food Ramblings

I’ve had the cookbook for a while, but this was the first recipe I made– I can’t wait to go back to it and make other things :) Because these cookies were tasty and really that perfect combo of salty and sweet. I was very happy to send these to my Leftovers Club partner.

Popcorn Cookies -- Food Ramblings

This month, I was paired with Lauren from Healthy Delicious. I had to box up these cookies as soon as they came out of the oven or else I would have ate them all! I am anxiously waiting for my goodies from Lauren :)

Popcorn Cookies -- Food Ramblings

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  • 1 bag microwave popcorn, butter flavored
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baling soda
  • sea salt
  • Servings: 24 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy


Pop popcorn in your microwave and set aside.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Then mix in flour and baking soda.

Remove bowl from mixer and fold in popcorn. Use 1 cup and make sure you don't add kernels to cookie dough (eat the rest of the popcorn!). It's okay for the popcorn to break up a middle. Mix thoroughly so there will be popcorn in every cookie.


Prepare baking sheets for the cookies. Use a medium cookie scoop to put the cookies on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt.


Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges start to turn light brown. Cool cookies and move them to a cookie sheet.


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Comments: 9

  1. Elizabeth Oct 03 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Please let me know if you try them– I was surprised how delicious they were 😉

  2. Ruthy @ Omeletta Oct 03 at 12:33 pm Reply

    I love salty and sweet too, and had mentally bookmarked these cookies when I saw them in the Smitten cookbook- so happy to hear they turned out well!

    • Elizabeth Oct 07 at 11:26 am Reply

      Thanks Ruthy!

  3. kelly @ kellybakes Oct 03 at 3:14 pm Reply

    I’m so not inventive when it comes to adding candy and fun things to cookies. I would have never thought to add popcorn to cookies, but the combo of salty/sweet/crunch makes perfect sense!

  4. Joanne Oct 04 at 7:16 am Reply

    I’ve had these before and they are so good! I’m impressed you were able to part with them!

    • Elizabeth Oct 07 at 11:27 am Reply

      It was hard 😉

  5. Laura Oct 08 at 1:15 am Reply

    I am seriously a sucker for salty and sweet also. I confess I would have thought the popcorn would get soggy, but I am assuming it did not. :) Either way, now I am pretty sure I need to try these and find out for myself! I LOVE popcorn!

    • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings Oct 08 at 8:28 am Reply

      I was worried about that too- but it didn’t happen. The original recipe had popping corn over the stove, but I used butter flavored microwave popcorn and it was still crunchy!

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