Wednesday, December 5, 2012

buttered popcorn cookies

prepare yourself for cookie madness on the blog.
i've been baking 1-2 batches a night prepping for the holidays!

i think baking cookies is a little bit like dating.
you have to try a lot of recipes before you find a really great one.

it's amazing how many seemingly legit 
cookie recipes i try that just don't end up amazing.
this was one of the good ones :)

recipe via my new smitten kitchen cookbook

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1. pour the oil over the bottom of a large saucepan that has a lid, 
and add the popcorn kernels, shimmying the pan around 
so the kernels land in one layer. 
cover the pot, heat it over medium-high heat, 
and once the kernels begin to pop, 
keep the saucepan moving until all the kernels have popped. 
toss the tablespoon salt and then the melted butter over the popcorn, 
then transfer it to a bowl so that you can fish out any unpopped kernels. 
you should have about 4 to 4 1/2 cups popcorn. let cool

2. preheat your oven to 350 degrees. in a large bowl, 
cream together softened butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, 
egg and vanilla until smooth. in a separate bowl, 
whisk the flour and baking soda together. 
stir the combined dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture. 
fold in the cooled popcorn so that it is evenly distributed through the batter - 
which will seem like a ridiculous instruction because there is 
SO much popcorn and so little cookie batter BUT it works :)
don't worry if the popcorn breaks up a bit. 
the mixed-size pieces are part of the cookie's charm.

3. scoop heaping tablespoons mounds 2 inches apart 
onto a parchment lined baking sheet. 
bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are light brown. 
let them cool on the hot baking sheet for a few minutes 
to firm up before transferring them to a rack to cool.

these cookies were a bit different. i mean, obviously.
popcorn + cookie?? it was delightful.
and kind of reminded me of these.


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