Sweet and Salty Buttered Popcorn Cookies

These Buttered Popcorn Cookies are melt in your mouth, can’t eat just one deliciousness! Fresh, salty popcorn encased in a brown sugar sweet cookie, YUM!

Popcorn cookies

What’s the aroma that hits you as soon as you step into the movie theater? Yep, that’s right: popcorn! Well the next time you go to the movies, these would be perfect to take along! You’ve got your buttered popcorn right here…and it’s in a cookie! Buttered Popcorn Cookies!

Popcorn Cookies

Would you have ever thought you’d have a cookie with popcorn in it? Well my friends, here you go! I absolutely LOVE these. Getting my house to smell like a movie theater (and a bakery!), I’ve got 2 ways you can make that happen! One way, is shown below, by popping the kernels in a pot on the stove. Another Gr8 option (and my favorite) is our microwave popcorn recipe, not the packaged ones sitting in your pantry! A healthier, simpler, kernels only way without all the additives. 

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Popcorn Cookies

These are a favorite cookie at our house. Whenever someone asks if I can bring cookies to something, say a picnic, a cookie exchange, a day at the beach, I love to bring these imperfect, bumpy irregular treats. I often bring these to share with my friends at Sizzix! Everyone loves them…”Wait! Buttered Popcorn cookies? What? Really?! I’ve GOT to try this….Oh my gosh, can I please have the recipe?” is pretty much the response I get every time!

I happily share the recipe with my co-workers and I’m more than happy to share it here with you, too. So let’s go! Preheat the oven, measure your Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Kernels and a few other ingredients! Maybe choose a favorite movie! Relax and enjoy!

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Buttered Popcorn Cookies

In the mood for popcorn, but not dripping with butter in a bowl? Here's an idea that you will love, in cookie form! Buttered Popcorn Cookies! With or without a movie, you can't eat just 1!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Debbie


Ingredients for the Popcorn:

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels, I like the Orville Redenbacher Orginal Yellow Gourmet Kernels.
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted

Ingredients for the Dough:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt


Directions for the Popcorn:

  • Add oil to a large saucepan and add popcorn kernels. Shake pan arranging the kernels in 1 layer. Cover.
  • Heat pot over medium high heat. Once the kernels start popping, continously keep the saucepan moving until all of the kernels have popped, about 5-7 minutes. If you notice a lull in the popping, remove from the heat to avoid burnt kernels.
  • While still in the pot, toss the popcorn with the table salt and melted butter.
  • Transfer popcorn to a bowl, removing unpopped kernels. There should be close to 4 (or a tad more) cups.
  • Allow to cool.

Directions for the Dough:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix at medium to high speed until smooth.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • With a spatula combine the dry ingredients with the butter-sugar mixture.
  • Carefully fold in the cooled popcorn until it's evenly combined. Although it may look like there's more popcorn than needed, it's actually the perfect amount. The broken popcorn pieces actually add a little charm and character!

Bake cookies:

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • With a cookie scoop or a measuring tablespoon, mound the dough and place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are light brown.
  • Let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minuets to firm up, before transferring them to a rack to cool.


Gr8 Tip:
I made these for my annual Christmas Cookie Exchange party one year (7 dozen!) They were a hit!
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  1. Debbie | 1st Nov 15

    Hi Judy! It’s Gr8 to know that you tried them! They’re pretty fun aren’t they? Different too, with the crunch of buttered popcorn in each bite! As soon as the California “fall” becomes real fall, I look forward to turning on my oven and making a batch! Thanks for being a Gr8 friend!

  2. Judy Tanner | 30th Oct 15

    These were yummy, different, and easy.

  3. Debbie | 16th Oct 15

    Brenda, once you taste them, you’ll be craving them often! They seem to disappear fast, so I sometimes hide a few! Let us know when you whip up a batch….we’ll come knocking on your door! 😉 Thanks again for your Gr8 support!

  4. Debbie | 16th Oct 15

    You’d be surprised at how the flavor of the popcorn really comes through in the cookie! If the weather ever cools down, I’m ready to turn on the oven, and make a batch…or 2! Thanks for your support Lon!

  5. Claudia Kerns | 16th Oct 15

    These look so good! I’m not a baker but I will give it a go!

  6. Brenda Perlin | 16th Oct 15

    I am going to crave these now!

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