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Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies

Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies

These salted caramel popcorn cookies are sweet, salty, tender and crunchy. In other words, they are everything you could want in a cookie. But now you’re probably wondering what kinds of evil genius people actually tried to bake popcorn inside cookies. Us! We did! OK, we weren’t exactly 100% sure what would happen but, given our fanaticism with all things popcorn, there was no way we were not at least going to try. So, what does actually happen to popcorn inside the cookie? It softens just a bit but does not become mushy. And as a result, it gives you some texture without the full on crunch that you would get if we just added it to the top of the cookies after they came out of the oven. We actually thought it came out much better than expected so, will we continue to bake popcorn inside cookies? Yes. Yes, we will.

Our base recipe is an extra buttery cookie that includes both granulated and light brown sugar for a touch of extra caramel flavor. You can add your favorite chocolate chips, of course, and it would be great. But we were leaning into that whole salted caramel flavor so we tossed some butterscotch chips into the batter. We didn’t go crazy with the amount so as not to overwhelm the delicate cookies and, of course, we folded popped popcorn into the batter.

These cookies spread out some when baking but the popcorn helps to keep the centers mounded and soft while the edges get thinner and crispier. So it’s both a chewy and a crispy cookie.

Normally we’re fans of sprinkling sea salt on top of cookies. But, since we were making popcorn cookies, we used popcorn seasoning. So, while they were still warm, we sprinkled them with our Dell Cove® Salted Caramel Seasoning.

It adds both the needed salt and works with the overall caramel flavor of these cookies. Definitely addictive.

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