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Popcorn Cookies

It's so much fun to surprise people with the crushed popcorn in these yummy cookies. They're definitely a distinctive cookie on the holiday tray.—Leigh Anne Preston, Palmyra, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 2 cups popped popcorn, lightly crushed
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in popcorn, chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 13-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 119 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jane
    Feb 24, 2020

    I made these cookies on the spur of the moment. They were quick and easy. I used popcorn I got from the movie theater without added butter. I refrigerated the dough for approximately one hour prior to baking. They did not spread. They were thick and chewy and perfectly delicious. I have no idea why the other person’s cookies were so flat. The only change I made was I put in 3/4 cup of sugar instead of one cup because I do not like overly sweet things and when I added the popcorn , chocolate chips and nuts I mixed the batter by hand rather than with a mixer. The popcorn added a lightness of sorts and also a crunch. These cookies were perfect.

  • Bridget
    Sep 30, 2019

    Would not recommend this recipe. My cookies came out completely flat even after following the advice of other reviewers to refrigerate the dough for a couple hours before baking. The popcorn became soft and created an unpleasant type of stick to your teeth chewiness and didn’t really add a desirable flavor.

  • LeslieH
    Nov 25, 2018

    Delicious, crunchy cookie. The combo of the chocolate and buttered, salty store bought popcorn that I purchased gave that sweet/salty flavour that is so popular right now. I wonder if an addition of some toffee bits would be interesting as well. Because I used salty popcorn, I left out the dash of salt.

  • LeslieH
    Nov 25, 2018

    Delicious, crunchy cookie. The combo of the chocolate and buttered, salty store bought popcorn that I purchased gave that sweet/salty flavour that is so popular right now. I wonder if an addition of some toffee bits would be interesting as well. Because I used salty popcorn, I left out the dash of salt.

  • Channe
    Mar 3, 2018

    Holy Moly! I would've never thought of putting popcorn in a cookie, but these are the bomb! I used movie theater microwave popcorn and based on one review I added 1/2 tsp more baking soda. They are AMAZING! Upon reading the recipe, I originally thought they were just a chocolate chip cookie with popcorn, but then realized there wasn't brown sugar. NO NEED! They are sweet, crisp on the outside, tender inside. I don't know how the popcorn works with the other ingredients, but it works! Perfect.

  • spiker1
    Mar 10, 2014

    These were yummy! So easy to make and a bit hit.

  • KnightBaker
    Jan 23, 2012

    Hello, What I did was after making the whole batch, I put it in the fridge for 15 min. I thought it would be easier to work with since it was a bit runny. Hope it helps...

  • KnightBaker
    Jan 22, 2012

    Fun to make and eat; very delicious! Was a big hit!

  • xlr8r66
    Mar 19, 2011

    I followed the recipe exactly, and my cookies came out flat on the pan! They all ran together and it was horrible! What did I do wrong?

  • JCV4
    Mar 1, 2011

    I made these for a get-together at work and everyone LOVED them! I used no fat, low salt popcorn and only baked them for about 12 minutes so they weren't so crisp. They turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!