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Sweet & Salty Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

This popcorn chocolate chip cookie recipe is a perfect sweet and salty treat for your next movie night!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rest Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins


  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour 301 grams
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking power
  • 1 1/3 sticks unsalted butter melted 150 grams
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar 150 grams
  • 1 1/3 cups light or dark brown sugar 150 grams
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup popped popcorn or 1/4 cup popcorn kernels


  • Prep and cool the popcorn. Once cooled, coarsely crush the popcorn.
  • Melt the unsalted butter in the microwave and let cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together: all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt.
  • Once the butter has cooled, add the white sugar, and brown sugar, and let sit for about five minutes.
  • Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to the mixture and mix on medium speed for another 3-4 minutes. The batter should be light-colored and fluffy at this point.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix well until all the dry mixture is combined with the wet ingredients just until combined. Don't overmix.
  • Add in the chocolate chips and popcorn, then fold into the rest of the batter.
  • Divide the batter into equal balls of dough (I use an ice cream scooper to help). The dough usually makes about 16-18 cookies, depending on the size.
  • Place mixture in the fridge for at least 2 hours (ideally overnight).
  • Pre-heat oven to 325F degrees.
  • On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, place cookie dough balls at least 1.5 inches apart.
  • Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 12-16 minutes. The sides should start to brown on the sides but the center will look soft.
  • Remove from oven, and rap the cookie sheet on the counter to get that rustic cookie look.
  • Leave in the cookie sheet to cool for at least 20 minutes.
  • The cookies will be too soft when they are fresh from the oven and will harden as they cool