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Salty Sweet Kettle Corn Cookies

Kettle Corn Cookies: The perfect mix of salty and sweet! Packed with white chocolate chips and real Kettle Corn. PLUS – find out my favorite trick when making cookies!

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When it comes to treats, there isn’t much better than a great combination of salty and sweet! These Kettle Corn Cookies hit all the right boxes! I had a bag of our favorite popcorn and had a wild and crazy idea to merge two of our favorite treats together – Popcorn and Cookies. They do not disappoint!

9 Ingredients needed for Kettle Corn Cookies

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • White chocolate chips
  • Kettle corn

How to make Kettle Corn Cookies

  • In a mixing bowl, add the brown sugar and eggs and beat until well combined
  • Cream in the room temperature butter and mix for several minutes on a medium high speed
  • Next, add in the vanilla
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients until incorporated with the sugar mixture
  • Next, fold in the white chocolate chips, followed by the Kettle Corn
  • Then, using a cookie scoop, place dough on a prepared cookie sheet
  • NOTE: If you use a larger scoop for bigger cookies, then bake for 12 minutes instead of 10
  • Bake at 350*F for 10 minutes
  • Allow to set and cool, then move to a cookie rack to finish coming to room temperature
  • This recipe makes about 40 cookies

Why dark brown sugar?

I love using brown sugar in my cookies. I frequently (but not always) replace all the granulated sugar with brown sugar. For me, it’s a cookie game changer – however, not all cookies work best with just brown sugar. You have to take the overall flavor profile into consideration when swapping out the sugar!

Brown sugar is made with molasses, which provides a nice depth of flavor to your cookies. By using Dark Brown Sugar in these Kettle Corn Cookies, we are increasing the amount of molasses used which makes the center of the cookies slightly gooey and delightfully chewy with a caramel bite!

If you do not have dark brown sugar on hand, you can substitute light brown sugar or a half and half mix of light brown sugar and granulated sugar. Just know that it will change the texture and overall taste of the cookie, but they will still be delicious.

Do I have to use White Chocolate Chips?

You don’t have to. However, I tested these Kettle Corn Cookies with several different types of chocolate chips and the white chocolate chips were the only ones that did not overpower the overall flavor of the cookie itself. The next closest was the pure milk chocolate chips – this would be my suggestion if you choose to swap out the chocolate. Semi-sweet and dark chocolate were both too strong and in my opinion did not play well with the cookie base.

How long are these cookies good for?

Store these cookies in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Can these Kettle Corn Cookies be frozen?

I would not suggest freezing the baked cookies. However, you can freeze the dough WITHOUT the popcorn for up to 30 days. Popcorn can be a little fickle and would not hold up well frozen in the dough. If you do freeze the dough for these Kettle Corn Cookies, allow the dough to warm up a little before adding the Kettle Corn and baking.

The Kettle Corn adds a fun and unique bite to your cookies. However, if you happen to not be a popcorn fan, you can easily omit it from this recipe and still enjoy these delicious cookies. The rest of the preparation and baking time remains the same.

Cookies on a sheet pan

Salty Sweet Kettle Corn Cookies

Yield: 40 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Kettle Corn Cookies: The perfect mix of salty and sweet! Packed with white chocolate chips and real Kettle Corn. PLUS - find out my favorite trick when making cookies!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups kettle corn

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F and grease a cookie sheet or line with a Silpat and set aside
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl - whisk together and set aside
  3. Using a stand or hand mixer, add brown sugar and eggs to large bowl and mix on medium-low speed until well incorporated
  4. Next, add 1 stick of room temperature butter, increase speed to medium-high speed until butter is fully creamed together with the sugar mixture
  5. Add vanilla
  6. Then, turn mixer down to low and begin gradually adding in the flour mixture - occasionally scraping down the sides and bottom
  7. Mix until just incorporated be careful to not over mix
  8. Next, fold in the white chocolate chips and mix together until spread throughout the dough
  9. Then, add the kettle corn and fold throughout the dough
  10. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon place mounds of dough on the prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches a part from each other
  11. Bake at 350*F for 10 minutes
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

The nutritional values above are auto calculated by a nutrition program and can vary based on brands of ingredients used.

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10 Comments

  • Beth
    August 26, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Yum! These look so delicious and scrumptious! These are going to be gone in a matter of seconds here at the house!

    Reply
  • Patty at Spoonabilities
    August 26, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Oh my goodness! These cookies look amazing! My favorite things all baked into one delicious cookie!

    Reply
  • Shruthi
    August 26, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    What a simple yet delightful recipe! Love kettlecorn and love cookies, definite hit with everyone in the family!

    Reply
  • Tara
    August 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Like heaven on a plate — SO good!!

    Reply
  • Irina
    August 26, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I feel that I underestimated cooking and baking with corn, but your recipe is my chance to give it a try! Your cookies sound delicious. I will be making them very soon. 🙂

    Reply
  • Andrea M
    August 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Crunchy kettle corn in a cookie? This is genius and I can’t wait to try these.

    Reply
  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    August 26, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    These Kettle Corn Cookies sound delicious! Dangerously good…

    Reply
  • katerina @ diethood.com
    August 27, 2020 at 9:30 am

    This is such a fantastic idea!! I can’t wait to make these amazing cookies!

    Reply
  • Beti | easyweeknightrecipes
    August 27, 2020 at 9:31 am

    These kettle corn cookies sound amaaaazing!! I am so excited to try them!

    Reply
  • Sara Welch
    August 27, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Loved the balance of sweet and crunchy! Exactly what I needed to cure my sweet tooth! Delicious!

    Reply

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