Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 26, 2013

I have a recipe for cookies with potato chips that I’ve been wanting to make for ages, but have never gotten around to. Then I saw this popcorn cookie recipe and decided I needed to make it right away. I don’t know if it’s because I like popcorn more than I like potato chips, or because Michele offered to bake along with me, or if I was just in the mood for popcorn + chocolate + cookies.


Oh, they were good. Chewy cookies with chopped chocolate which would be good if you left them at that, but they’re better with lots of popcorn mixed in. And then there’s the magic of stirring a whole lot of popcorn into not a whole lot of cookie dough, then forming the dough balls and watching with disbelief as it all holds together and then bakes into an actual cookie.

You can find the recipe here on Joy the Baker, who adapted it from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Michele used the cookbook version of the recipe, and after we made these we discovered that Joy the Baker’s version has chocolate and the cookbook version does not. We weren’t planning on making two different versions, but in the end we did.

Recipe notes

  • Do you see the part in the recipe where she says to sort through the popcorn to remove any unpopped kernels? Don’t skip that step! I didn’t have any unpopped ones, but I had some of those half-popped ones (you know, where it’s half kernel and half popcorn) and I didn’t remove all of them. Next time I’ll be super-picky and will pull out anything that doesn’t look like a perfectly popped piece.
  • I did salt the popcorn but didn’t sprinkle extra salt on top of the cookies.

Be sure to check out how Michele’s cookies turned out!


  1. Jill, you cannot do this to me – I really want one of these cookies right now!

  2. I’ve been eyeing this recipe and wondering if it is as good as it looks. Sounds like it is a good one!

  3. Your cookies are gorgeous! It’s interesting that we made two different versions. The chocolate chips look extra good.

  4. What an amazing cookie idea!

  5. I’ve seen this on Pinterest…now it is a must try!!! Thanks for trying it first so that the rest of us may follow suit! 🙂

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