Theatre Cookies (Chocolate Chip Popcorn Cookies)

Theatre Cookies (Chocolate Chip Popcorn Cookies)

Satisfy those cravings with a perfect blend of salty & sweet cookies. 

Fix that craving now, with these salty & sweet cookies

You are just minutes away from satisfying your salty & sweet cravings. {vegan, nut free}

I saw what you did right there, you scrunched your nose at the thought of popcorn in your chocolate chip cookies, didn’t you?   But let me ask, have you ever enjoyed chocolate covered pretzels or salted caramel sauce drizzled on your chocolate cupcake? What about dipping your french fry into a milkshake, have you ever done that?  I had a friend who use to eat olive and peanut butter sandwiches, the ultimate in mixing sweet & salty (ok, this one you can scrunch your nose at).  So now that you’ve thought about it a little longer, doesn’t buttery, salty popcorn inside a sweet chocolate cookie dough, sound like pure genius for your tastebuds?  It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet!

Fix that craving now, with these salty & sweet cookies

If you asked anyone in my family what they wanted to do on the weekend, it would be to go to the movies, especially if it had anything to do with superheros (Go Team Cap). Now whether we actually watch the movie in a theatre or in the comfort of our living room, one thing must always be included….popcorn! It never really mattered what time of day it was, because as long as there was a movie to watch, there was popcorn to be had!

When you wanted to splurge a little, then you empty out a bag of chocolate candy into your popcorn…can you say “YUM”!  This popcorn chocolate chip cookie is my way of bringing the theatre home with you and allowing you to indulge a little while cheering on your favorite superheros (did I mention we’re Team Cap?).

Fix that craving now, with these salty & sweet cookies

There’s a lot of yumminess going on in that bowl right there.  Buttery, salted popcorn, sweet chocolate chips and a brown-sugar and vanilla batter to hold it all together. I’m ready to make another batch!

Oh, don’t worry about there being too much popcorn either, because it works.  As you are folding it all together, some of the popcorn will start to break down into smaller pieces which only make this cookie more interesting.  Some bites will have large clouds of buttered popcorn while others will only be teased with that salty sensation that compliments the chocolate, making every bite delicious.

Fix that craving now, with these salty & sweet cookies

These cookies are unconditional!  They don’t care if your Team Cap, Iron Man or Team DC, they just want to be at the party!  And in case you’re looking for a another delicious cookie to bring to the party, head over to Texanerin for her delicious paleo chocolate chip cookies!

Theatre Cookies (chocolate chip popcorn cookies)




Yield 24 cookies

You are just minutes away from a treat that will satisfy your cravings: Theatre inspired cookies, blending buttery, salty popped-corn with sweet mini chocolate chips.  The perfect blend of salty & sweet. 


4 Cups Freshly Popped Popcorn

1/4 tsp. Fine salt

1/2 Cup Dairy free butter substitute, softened

1/2 Cup Light brown sugar, packed

1/3 Cup Granulated cane sugar

1 Egg replacer (Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer)

1/2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 Cups All-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. Baking soda

1/2 Cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips


Make popcorn (3 ways)

  1. Use Organic Salted Microwave Popcorn with light butter flavor (dairy free)- I used this method
  2. Pop kernels on stovetop in a large pan (add 2 TB. oil) with lid over medium high heat. Keep pan moving until kernels have popped (5 min) then toss with salt (1/4 tsp) and melted butter (1 TB).
  3. Easy way out, buy premade, bagged butter flavor popcorn. 

Make cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter, brown & cane sugar, egg replacer & vanilla until smooth. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda.  Add dry ingredients into butter mixture. Add chocolate chips then fold in cooled popcorn and evenly distribute through batter. 
  4. Scoop large tablespoon sized dough bites and lay 2" apart on prepared baking sheets.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. 
  5. Let cookies sit a few minutes before transferring to cooling rack. 


It will seem as though you have a TON of popcorn, but that's ok.  It works and the pieces will break as you fold in into the batter. 

Be sure to take out any kernals that didn't pop.  Those won't feel good if you happen to bite on them. 🙂

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So if you had to pick your favorite type of movie, what would be it?  Fiction? Sci-Fi? Romantic? Comedy? SuperHero (that should get its own category)?  Speaking of Superhero, do you have a favorite?  

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  • Strength and Sunshine
    Posted at 14:34h, 07 December Reply

    Love popcorn and of course that essential chocolate!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:53h, 08 December Reply

      I love it too! Every time I think I won’t have any, I end up sneaking my hand into the bucket a few times (or more).

  • Cricket Plunkett
    Posted at 18:26h, 07 December Reply

    I never ever would have thought to put popcorn in a cookie, but I love that idea!

  • Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands
    Posted at 21:42h, 07 December Reply

    These look delicious! I love the salty and sweet combo and popcorn, plus all that texture!

  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 23:43h, 07 December Reply

    I have never seen popcorn in a cookie, Nicole, but it’s genius! I am soooo trying this! With extra salt 🙂

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:49h, 08 December Reply

      Oh yes Alisa, a little extra salt will always be ok 😉

  • Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    Posted at 07:49h, 08 December Reply

    These cookies are too fun! My kids and I would eat the whole batch in one sitting.

  • Elizabeth DiBurro
    Posted at 09:20h, 08 December Reply

    Popcorn in cookies? I can’t wait to try it!!! Love the new web design too! xoxo

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:47h, 08 December Reply

      So glad you like it and thank you, I think you’ll love these cookies.

  • Kortney
    Posted at 10:07h, 08 December Reply

    Holy cow! Why has this never been in my life before! We are huge popcorn and cookie fans in my house. I need to try this pronto 😀

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 10:50h, 08 December Reply

      I hope you do! I’m sure you can make up a reason to make them

  • Sharon @What The Fork
    Posted at 18:53h, 08 December Reply

    This recipe is so unique! It looks like a lot of fun to make too.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 15:09h, 12 December Reply

      Thanks Sharon. They were even more fun to eat (lol)

  • Amanda
    Posted at 08:44h, 09 December Reply

    Never would have thought to add popcorn to cookies, but it looks like a must try! Sweet and Salty is a great combo!

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  • Carla
    Posted at 20:26h, 07 October Reply

    The flour measurement is listed as 1 2/4 cups. I’m wondering if this should be 1 1/4 cups? My dough was very, very crumbly and I had to press it into a pan instead of scooping it into balls. Also, the popcorn became very stale during the baking process

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 21:39h, 08 October Reply

      Carla, I’m sorry the dough was crumbly. I made that change to the recipe because yes, it was 1 1/4. When I used a plain popcorn, mine was a little dry, but my other tries with buttery version turned out just perfectly. Hope you get to try it again soon.

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