Experimenting with unusual ingredients can produce an irresistible batch of cookies. In this recipe, caramel and popcorn pieces create the ultimate combination of salty and sweet—in cookie form!
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
7.9 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup finely crushed hard caramel candies (such as Werther's Original; about 12 candies)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 mini bag plain microwave popcorn
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add egg; beat just until blended. Beat in flour, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Stir crushed hard caramel candies and 1/8 teaspoon salt into cookie dough. Prepare microwave popcorn according to package directions. Stir 3 cups prepared popcorn into cookie dough with a rubber spatula. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
I had fun making these. How often do you get to smash hard candies with a hammer?! The dough is pretty sticky so mixing in the popcorn is not the easiest thing but the results are worth it. I omitted the last 1/8 teaspoon of salt as I used regular butter. Tasty. I will make them again.
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