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Easy Butterscotch Cookies with Delicious Buttered Popcorn

These buttered popcorn and butterscotch cookies are a unique twist on a traditional favorite! They are sweet, salty, chewy, and delicious – and the recipe is very easy to make.

Buttered Popcorn and Butterscotch Cookies

I love popcorn! I live for it. I go the movie theater for it. I eat it for lunch. I eat it for dinner. I like it covered in salt, in butter, and in any sticky, sugary goo that’s available.

Truly there is no form of the stuff I don’t love. That is why it was no surprise to me when I felt as though I had gone to popcorn heaven after I tasted this Buttered Popcorn and Butterscotch Cookies recipe. Since then I’ve made it several times, and it never disappoints.

It seems like when it comes to adding saltiness to baked goods, pretzels get all the glory. Every brownie and cookie has pretzel in it these days, and I feel like these cookies are here to finally give popcorn the recognition it deserves.

Butterscotch Cookies

This butterscotch cookie recipe is moist and delicious, filled with crunchy, chewy, and salty popcorn which pairs perfectly with the butterscotch chips.

Buttered popcorn and butterscotch cookie recipe

I mean, this butterscotch cookie recipe has the word butter in it TWO times. How could you NOT feel as though you need them in your life immediately? Well, I’ll tell you, you do.

These are fun, different and delicious little suckers and I can’t wait to hear how much you love them.

Butterscotch Chip Cookie Recipe

I am not a snob about butterscotch chips and, in these butterscotch cookies, can’t tell the difference between Nestle Toll House or other brands that I use.

So honestly, I just purchase what’s available at the grocery store, which is usually Nestle. If you have a preferred butterscotch chip that you swear by, I’d love to know in the comments.

Baking Tips

Since this butterscotch cookie recipe uses a dough that is lighter in color, you’re going to look for golden edges to make sure that they are done. You want to make sure they are a light brown or dark gold – but not too dark!

You can even slide a spatula underneath one cookie to see what the bottoms look like. You obviously want to avoid burning or cookie bottoms that are too crisp.

The second indicator that you need to remove these cookies from the oven is a slightly puffy center. The centers will look a little soft, but will continue cooking on the sheet or rack when you remove them from the oven.

If you let these butterscotch chip cookies bake too long, they’ll be brittle and the popcorn in particular will overcook. I know you don’t want that. You’re looking for perfectly done.

Are you ready for deliciousness? Here is how you make these butterscotch chip cookies!

Butterscotch cookie recipe with popcorn

How to Make Butterscotch Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda together. Stir the combined dry ingredients into the butter sugar mixture.
  3. Fold in the cooled popcorn and butterscotch chips so that they are evenly distributed through the batter. This might seem off since there is a lot of popcorn per spoonful batter, but you measured correctly! The popcorn will break up slightly while you fold.
  4. Scoop a large tablespoon-size mound onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are light brown. Transfer to a rack to cool. Recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.

Butterscotch cookie recipe adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

Butterscotch chips and popcorn
Yield: 24 cookies

Butterscotch Cookies with Popcorn

Butterscotch cookie recipe with popcorn

These buttered popcorn and butterscotch cookies are a unique twist on a tradition favorite! They are sweet, salty, chewy, and delicious - and the recipe is very easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups popcorn, (popped)
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, (softened)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg(s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda together. Stir the combined dry ingredients into the butter sugar mixture.
  3. Fold in the cooled popcorn and butterscotch chips so that it is evenly distributed through the batter. This might seem off since there is a lot of popcorn per batter but you measured correctly! Popcorn will break up slightly while you fold.
  4. Scoop a large tablespoon-size mound onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are light brown. Transfer to a rack to cool. Recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 20gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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Buttered popcorn and butterscotch chip cookie recipe

YUUUUMMM. These butterscotch chip cookies are such a perfect combination of salty and sweet, and chewy and crunchy. It’s like eating caramel corn in a cookie! “Pretzel” better watch its back.

Buttered popcorn and butterscotch chip cookies

What do you think of these butterscotch chip cookies? Would you ever put popcorn in your cookies? DO IT. And be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls!

ox. Liz

If you enjoyed this butterscotch chip cookie recipe, you’re also going to like these butterscotch pecan dark chocolate chip cookies. Just click the image below to see them:

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Sasha Jamison

Thursday 15th of November 2018

Making mine right now and this was a super easy recipe. I wasn’t up for making the caramel popcorn so I totally cheated and purchased cracker jack lol. I just tried one and they are good…my popcorn loses some crunch during bake but still good otherwise. I like this twist on the basic chocolate chip recipe…kind of makes it carnival style. Great combo and great recipe!

GillianR

Sunday 21st of August 2016

Oh my, these look delicious! Did you use microwave buttered popcorn? We buy the big bags of Skinny Pop from Costco and was wondering about using that. I think it is made with olive oil.

Amy

Sunday 21st of August 2016

You can use either one!