If you like white chocolate and buttered popcorn, then you will love these white chocolate buttered popcorn cookies, which are definitely greater than the sum of their parts!
white chocolate buttered popcorn cookies

I’m kind of a put-weirdo-things-in-cookies kind of gal and the.boy is really a chocolate-chips-only-or-bust kind of guy.

As you can see from the title of this post, I wear the pants and make the cookies in this relationship. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

So when the.boy asked me to bake cookies for his last day of work before switching over to a new job this week, I took it upon myself to make him squirm with cookie anxiety as much as possible during the process. It’s my wife-to-be duty, after all.


So while he paced around our apartment, wringing his hands and sweating bullets (partly because I wouldn’t let him turn the air conditioning on), I put popcorn into cookie batter and then baked it into chewy, crunchy, buttery cookie heaven.

It was a good life choice.

In the end, I sent the.boy off to work with a big “I told you so” as well as a batch of plain Jane (but still pretty amazing) chocolate chip cookies to go along with these in case anyone in his office was too afraid to expand their culinary horizons.

He came home with two empty cookie tins. So I believe my job here is done.


I made these with some pretty super popcorn that I just discovered called Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. Made from an heirloom variety of corn, the kernels are smaller and therefore more intensely flavored than other brands, plus the outer hull disintegrates while it’s popped which means you won’t be picking popcorn pieces out of your teeth for hours after eating it. The popcorn comes in three flavors – Sea Salt, Kettle Corn, and Butter – but you can also purchase the hulls and pop them yourself!

Based out of Iowa, Tiny But Mighty Popcorn can be found in many local supermarkets throughout the midwest, as well as Whole Foods Markets throughout the country. They are definitely worth picking up for some summertime snacking and year-round cookie baking!

Disclosure: While I received this popcorn for free, I was not compensated for this post and my thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.

White Chocolate Buttered Popcorn Cookies
If you like white chocolate and buttered popcorn, then you will love these white chocolate buttered popcorn cookies which are definitely greater than the sum of their parts!
Yield: 36 cookies
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 12 oz white chocolate chips
  • 4 cups buttered popcorn
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add it to the batter and mix until just combined. Pour the white chocolate and popcorn into the bowl of the mixer and mix until combined.
  5. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, scoop tablespoon-sized mounds 2 inches apart. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are light brown. Let sit for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all of the batter is used up.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie

For more weekend worthy cookie recipes, check out these:

macadamia and white chocolate chunk cookies

Macadamia and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

soft and chewy snickerdoodle sprinkle cookies

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Sprinkle Cookies

peanut butter sandwich cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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67 Responses to White Chocolate Buttered Popcorn Cookies

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    Popcorn and white chocolate? GENIUS!!

  2. Kathryn says:

    I’ve made (and loved!) these cookies – the addition of white chocolate is inspired!

  3. LOVE these! I’ve made the ones from the SK cookbook, but adding white chocolate is genius.

  4. I would never have believed you could put popcorn in a cookie! I’d have thought the popcorn would dissolve and go chewy. This is witchcraft!

  5. haha, I love how his food options are determined by what you give him! Whenever P- wants me to bake him something, I always say “well, it’ll have to be something you’ve never tried before so I can blog about it!”. I know you feel me.

    I am SO into popcorn in cookies. I’ve never tried it, but can only imagine its yumminess 🙂

  6. Can’t even handle these cookies right now!! I SO need to try popcorn in cookies..can’t believe I never have!

  7. Susan says:

    I’ve heard of these mysterious popcorn cookies before and well as you’ve should they certainly look like they live up to their expectations.

  8. These look and sound fantastic! I must give them a try.

  9. Tahnycooks says:

    I made my son popcorn cookies for his baseball team and used a box of Cracker Jacks in the batter and added more caramel and chocolate, they were delish! Popcorn in cookies is a huge hit!

    I love white chocolate covered popcorn, these cookies look beyond flip’n amazing!!! Droooolling!

  10. I typically am not a fan of popcorn. I will eat it if it’s in front of me (like most foods) but I’m not a big fan. However these sound really fun!

  11. YM says:

    OMG these look amazing!!!

    Q – not a huge white chocolate fan, do you imagine semi sweet choc chips would work?

  12. I’m pretty much happy with most things in my cookies as long as I’m eating cookies:-) The texture on these looks fantastic!

  13. OMG Joanne these are sooooo creative and delish! WANT!!!

  14. danielle says:

    I never would have thought to put popcorn in cookies – I am definitely trying it!

  15. Meg says:

    These look fantastic! Popcorn in cookies: genius. Love it!

  16. Tina says:

    I wouldn’t have thought to combine those two ingredients, popcorn and white chocolate, but yeah….evidently your job is done! Here is toasting your success as a cookie baking genius!

  17. Erica says:

    If I dare show this recipe to my kids I’ll be in trouble, they’ll make me bake them a batch every day for the rest of my life!

  18. WOAH. I want to dive headfirst into these!!!!

  19. Now these are some fun and unique cookies! I am loving this combo. My mom’s fav food is popcorn – I may have to make these for her sometime soon! 🙂

  20. Cassie says:

    Oh my goodness!! So in love with these cookies, Joanne!!

  21. Monica says:

    Oh, hello! These look and sound fantastic and I’ve got to check out that popcorn. You were smart to go with a double batch and include the classic…but I totally knew these would disappear just as quickly as the “regular” ones. Lucky co-workers.

  22. Yum! I love the idea of adding popcorn into the cookies!

  23. Joanne, turn the AC on! Haha…I’m the same ways. We don’t have central air, but have some portable units. My husband keeps wanting to turn them on. I feel like turning them on acknowledges it is hot and then the electric bill goes up. Haha. These cookies look delicious. Good for you for making something different to send with your guy to work. 😀

  24. Lynn says:

    I would never have thought of putting popcorn in a cookie, but it’s a brilliant idea!

  25. Kate says:

    Oh I love popcorn! Popcorn cookies sound like something I’d be into.

  26. Popcorn in cookies!? What the what? Love this idea. 🙂

  27. Danguole says:

    I’m with you! The more weirdness I can pack into a cookie, the better. These sound ahhhmazing.

  28. Oh my gosh. I’m pretty sure my life is gonna be changed forever. Popcorn in cookies?? How freaking genius is that?! These look amazing, Joanne! 🙂

  29. Eileen says:

    Popcorn in cookies? GENIUS. I can just imagine the amazing texture.

  30. grace says:

    what a wonderful idea! this is so enticing and clever, joanne, and i’ll be trying it myself asap!

  31. I have soooo been wanting to try these since the SK cookbook came out! And my guy is the same way. I am all about junkified cookies and he just wants plain old chocolate chip.Boring!

  32. Megan says:

    Popcorn in cookies… why have I not heard of this before? That sounds awesome!!

  33. Wow, this is a cookie! I gotta try this. Pinned!

  34. What a fun cookie recipe! It sounds like a delicious combo of sweet and salty, crunchy and soft! I can see why they were a huge hit!

  35. These sound perfect and The.Boy should not have doubted you!

  36. I love that you have taken charge of major life decisions in your relationship – and are proving that you have the right to do so 🙂 These sound unusual but amazing!

  37. Johanna GGG says:

    love the sound of popcorn with no hulls but these cookies sound so good I will be prepared to pick the popcorn out of my teeth for them – or maybe just pursue the boy through his workplaces to taste your cooking – ha ha!

  38. Wow ! Who knew we could use popcorn to make cookies ? Genius !

  39. I have a white chocolate popcorn recipe I love…putting it in cookies is the next logical step right?

  40. Joanne, these cookies look incredible! I love the white chocolate-popcorn combo. Yum!

  41. Wait, POPCORN COOKIES?! So much yes! They sound absolutely incredible!

  42. What sorcery is this? Sweet and salty and perfect for movies and series binge watching? YES PLEASE. Now wishing I didn’t finish the new season of OITNB, I would be devouring these while watching it.

  43. Love popcorn in cookies, these look great especially with white chocolate.

  44. gloria says:

    I love these cookies Joanne!!

  45. This is the first time I’ve ever seen popcorn cookies, but why not? I can definitely see those taking off! I bet the white chocolate goes really well in there, too.

  46. This sounds SO good, really could go for one (or two!) of these right now.

  47. Oh wow, what a brilliant addition! I need to try these now ahhh I’m sure they do make amazing cookies! Enjoy your Sunday! xx

  48. Ohhh white chocolate AND popcorn?
    Guuurl! Nicely done

  49. Mary says:

    What a fabulous idea to combine popcorn and cookies – and get this delicious result!

  50. Reeni says:

    So unique and deeeelicious! I want to stuff about half a dozen in my mouth right now! Pretzel cookies were a big hit with my family so I’ll have to spring these on them next!

  51. Kathy says:

    Popcorn and white chocolate sound like a perfect combo for cookies! Very nice!

  52. Yum. These sound so delicious that the unique ingredient definitely gives you free reign to eat them all!

  53. Hotly Spiced says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a popcorn cookie but I do love cookies with texture. I’ll have to look out for that type of popcorn xx

  54. Hello love! Sorry I’ve been so m.i.a … kids out of school now and well, I have to entertain them instead of myself. Boo. So, I’m all for putting weird things in cookies. So sayeth the gal who puts chickpeas in here. Huzzah!

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  56. I’ve recently become rather obsessed with popcorn. It’s just so yummy! Putting it in cookies = genius!

  57. I’m like obsessed with popcorn so I need to make these ASAP! They look absolutely delicious!

  58. Good LORD these look and sound amazing! I can practically smell the popcorn and chocolate from here!

  59. voodoo cookies! adding two of my favorite things in the world together makes for one smart cookie…

  60. Lynna says:

    I`m a lover of white chocolate and popcorn!!! This is my kind of cookie!

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  62. Pamela S says:

    I am afraid to make these cookies. White Chocolate. Buttered Popcorn. Cookies. Super-Greedy-Cookie-Monster. The combination is overwhelming. 🙂

  63. Cakespy says:

    These are incredible, and perfect for National Popcorn Day tomorrow!

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