Sweet and Salty Buttered Popcorn Cookies

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3 stacked cookies embedded with popcorn on a table surrounded by popcorn and a black background

I love sweet things, and I love salty things. I love it the most when sweet and salty come together, don’t you? Like Kettle Corn. It has those easily addictive tendencies, with one bite sweet, one bite salty, one bite sweet and salty. It teases your tongue, making you go in for more just to see what you’ll get next! Since Katrina is having a cookie party, I thought… “what about bringing a cookie that is somewhat sweet and somewhat salty?” I decided these sweet and salty buttered popcorn cookies would be just the right treat to bring!

3 stacked cookies embedded with popcorn on a napkin and table surrounded by popcorn

I like to use this method for popping popcorn on the stovetop, but I also think the slightly salty Homestyle Microwave Popcorn from Pop Secret would be really delicious for this recipe as well. I hope each and every one of you have a wonderfully delicious holiday season. Thanks so much for welcoming me here on Katrina’s blog and thank you, Katrina, for sharing your wonderful space with me! Enjoy!

Sweet and Salty Buttered Popcorn Cookie Recipe

Sweet and Salty Buttered Popcorn Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 cups popped popcorn coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter melted (for the popcorn)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt for the popcorn


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar. Mix until well blended, then add 1 egg and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly add flour, baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Continue mixing until well combined.
  • Meanwhile, toss popped popcorn with butter and 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt.
  • Gently fold prepared popcorn into the cookie dough, until well incorporated. Spoon teaspoons of dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until edges are slightly crispy.
  • Remove from oven and allow cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes prior to moving to finish cooling on a wire rack.

I could probably go on and on about my friend Kristen. If you don’t know her you will become instant friends with her. She has the most positive attitude and she surrounds herself with joy. I love her blog with delicious food, beautiful photography, and an honest look inside her life.

You can connect with Kristen on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her blog Dine & Dish. If you want more of her mouthwatering cookies here are a few to get you started:

Girl Scout Cookie Fudge

Soft and Chewy Vanilla Butter Cookies

Biscoff Biscotti

Thanks for bringing the cookies, Kristen!

- Katrina

14 Responses to “Sweet and Salty Buttered Popcorn Cookies”

  1. #
    Karly — December 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Ooh, what a creative cookie! These are so fun!
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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I love your description of Kristen. Dead on. 🙂
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    Sandras Easy Cooking — December 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Fantastic cookies, very unique! Wishing you both Happy Holidays!
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    Erin @Dinners, Dish — December 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    What a fun idea for a cookie – never would have thought of it!
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    Rachel — December 23, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I should probably try these, right?!?! 🙂
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  6. #
    Elizabeth — December 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Oh these look super yummy!

  7. #
    Anna @ CCS — December 23, 2012 at 12:40 am

    These cookies are brilliant! Love sweet and salty combo!
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    bakingserendipity — December 23, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I love popcorn, but never would have thought to include it in cookies…these look so good!

  9. #
    cakewhiz — December 23, 2012 at 9:10 am

    these cookies are so unique! my husband is the biggest popcorn lover ever… he will flip for joy over these…lol 😉

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    Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! — December 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Oh mah bejesus!! Holy mother of popcorn AND cookies!! WOW! Can you tell that I'm stunned?! I LOVE these! Kristen is such a talent… recipes, photos, writing… she amazes me! I stalk her blog all.the.time. 😀
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    @gourmandeinthek — December 28, 2012 at 2:20 am

    What a fun idea, I'm crazy about the salty sweet combo.

  12. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — January 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Mmm! Sweet and salty popcorn treats are always on my Top 10-list!

  13. #
    MasterofDisaster — February 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

    They look awesome :O

  14. #
    Lindsey — May 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Wonder how this would taste with whole wheat flour, stevia, and all natural popcorn? Hmmmm…

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