Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen    
Serves 50 (serving size: 1 cookie)

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!

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Also appeared in: All You, December, 2015

Ratings & Reviews


April 30, 2016
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.