Brown Butter Salted Caramel Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies. Sweet, Salty chocolate chip cookies are filled with salted caramel chunks and freshly popped popcorn, then baked until perfectly round and crunchy. These Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies are super simple to make and have the most beautiful chocolate puddles on top.
Hi! Happy Saturday! This morning we packed up a zillion cookies to send to a local hospital as a tiny token of thanks for all the healthcare workers doing so many amazing things - and in with them were these brown butter salted caramel popcorn cookies!
I LOVE popcorn, probably more than most. I have it for afternoon tea maybe 3 or 4 times a week, and my current favourite thing is buying all different kinds of kernels and seeing how they pop up! One of the most popular recipes on the site is these brown butter salted caramel cookies, which have a brown butter base, chunks of chocolate and chunks of caramel, so I wanted to see if I could adapt the recipe to also sneak some popcorn in. I used freshly popped popcorn but if you have the butter flavoured microwave stuff, that would be insanely good in here too.
It took a tiny bit of testing - the first time I didn’t use enough butter and put in waaay too much popcorn, and made a very weird spongy rock situation that didn’t resemble a cookie in the slightest, but I tweaked some things and round two came out great. The brown butter base works so well, and the caramel bakes up into perfect chunks throughout the cookie, then the popcorn adds a lovely crunch which goes so well with the chocolate and caramel. These are so, so good - I love them and I think you will too! x
A few wee tips:
20g doesn’t sound like lots of popcorn but popcorn doesn’t weigh very much, so just trust me here. I popped about ¼ cup of kernels which gave me enough popcorn for the cookies and for a snack.
The caramel in these gets wild sometimes in the oven when it melts and the cookies can come out mis shapen. If this happens just do a cookie scoot - take a cookie cutter slightly larger than the cookie and use it to scoot it back into place.
I made these big boi cookies with a #16 scoop which holds ¼ cup of cookie dough. A cookie scoop is a great investment - I use mine all the time. A 2 Tbsp (#40) and a 4 Tbsp (#16) are probably my most used. I like the Norpro ones, or the Oxo ones are nice too.
I am a popcorn fiend so I have a microwave silicon popcorn maker and it is the best! I have this one and I love it so much. I hate washing the popcorn pot and this one doesn’t need oil and stores flat.
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Brown Butter Salted Caramel Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies. Sweet, Salty chocolate chip cookies are filled with salted caramel chunks and freshly popped popcorn, then baked until perfectly round and crunchy. These are super simple to make and have the most beautiful chocolate puddles on top.
- 275g unsalted butter, straight from the fridge
- 200g granulated sugar (for the caramel)
- 210g dark brown sugar
- 100g granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 330g all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 175g dark chocolate, coarsley chopped
- 20g freshly popped popcorn
- Preheat the oven to 350˚f / 180˚c. Line 2-3 baking trays with parchment paper.
- Place the butter in a medium saucepan, and place over medium heat. Cook until the butter has melted, and then continue to cook, swirling the pan often, until the butter foams and turns golden brown and nutty - this should take 3-4 minutes. Transfer the brown butter to the bowl of a stand mixer to cool slightly.
- While the butter is cooling, make the caramel - place the 200g granulated sugar into a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Place a silicone mat on a heat resistant surface (I use my counter) or onto a baking tray, and have nearby.
- Place the sugar in a medium saucepan, and place over medium heat. Heat the sugar, stirring occasionally with a whisk, until all of the sugar has melted (the sugar will clump as you heat, but continue to stir - it will soon smooth out). Continue to cook the caramel until it is amber in colour and just beginning to smoke slightly. Immediately pour onto the prepared silicone mat, and leave to cool while you prepare the cookie dough.
- Place the bowl of the stand mixer with the brown butter onto the mixer, and fit with the paddle attachment. Mix the brown butter, dark brown sugar, and second measure of granulated sugar on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, then increase the mixer speed to high and beat for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture has lightened in colour and thickened.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer off, add to the mixing bowl, then mix on low until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and finish the incorporation of the dry ingredients by hand if needed - scrape down the bowl and ensure that all the mixture at the bottom of the bowl is fully incorporated.
- Carefully peel the caramel sheet off the silicone mat, and place onto the chopping board. Using a sharp knife, cut into chunks ½” to ¾” or smaller in size - there will be some small shards, and larger pieces. Use caution as the shards will be sharp. Add the caramel shards to the bowl along with the chocolate, and mix briefly on low speed to combine.
- Remove the mixing bowl from the mixer and add the popcorn in and incorporate by hand.
- Using a ¼ cup (#16) scoop, place level scoop fulls of dough onto the prepared baking trays 6 per tray works well for me. Roll each into a ball and arrange on the trays, leaving ample room for spreading - place them with a side showing lots of chocolate and popcorn up so that the tops bake up nicely.
- Bake the trays one at a time for 14-15 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed up and set around the edges. Check for doneness at 13 minutes. Remember that they will continue to cook a little once you remove them from the oven.
- If the cookies have lost their round shape a little in the oven due to the caramel, you can use a round cookie cutter slightly larger than the cookie to nudge it back into a circular shape. Sprinkle each cookie with coarse sea salt, then cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Repeat the baking process with the remaining cookies. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.
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