Monday, January 9, 2012

Kettle Corn Cookies

Who  puts popcorn in their cookies? Apparently, Trader Joe's does, because I saw a box of Kettle Corn Cookies when I was rushing through the store just the other day. I didn't have time to stop and look at them, but I was intrigued. Sweet and salty? The combo has to be good.  So, I made my own version.

Kettle Corn Cookies
Printable Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups Kettle Corn
1/2 cup salted peanuts, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla. Gradually, add the flour mixture, beating well. Stir in the Kettle Corn and the peanuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoons (I used a cookie scoop) onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Verdict? I like them. Hubby likes them. I'm bringing them all to work tomorrow, so we don't eat them.


  1. Whoa! To say that this caught my attention is an understatement. The Missus and I love our kettle corn and have discovered that portioned out into Ziploc bags it freezes really well, so there's always some available in the deep freeze. I may have to try these cookies, they look fantastic.

  2. What a great creation! I am thinking that my popcorn snarfing cookie monsters might just love them!

  3. Just as I'm congratulating myself on a long-for-me stretch of no cookies or cake, your post has me craving cookies with every speck of my being :P These look soooo good!

  4. I have never seen those cookies at Trader Joe's. I am intrigued. They look great to me.

  5. I saw and bought the Kettle Corn Cookies from Trader Joe's and I love them,that's why I'm on here looking for a recipe for them. I can't get enough of them. They are my favorite cookie now.Thanks for the recipe will try it tomorrow and let you know how they taste. Diane

  6. Tried the Trader Joe's cookies and we all LOVED them. Thanks for providing this great recipe!

  7. My colleagues and I just finished devouring a container of the Trader Joe cookies and were pondering how to replicate them. Thanks for the help. Susan

    1. I just got my first container of the Trader Joe's variety a few days ago...addicting! They aren't the same as this recipe. Theirs is a a much crisper cookie. I had good feedback from people on the ones I made, but I might tinker with them to see if I can get the same consistency.

  8. We've tasted the Trader Joe's cookies before, but we really like these too! These were delicious! I wasn't paying attention and made these at 350 degrees, but they still turned out fine. We also put a little extra popcorn on top of each dollop of dough for decoration. Great recipe!

  9. I can't even look at the TJ's container b/c I'll want the entire shelf of them. These look OUTSTANDING.

  10. i don't even have a trader joe's near me (sad and unfair) i saw the cookies on kandee johnson's vlog/blog and immediately went to search for them online. they don't sell them...but then i saw the link to this wonderful recipe. i'll be making them this weekend. sweet and salty is always a winning combination in my house, and i'll be keeping an eye out for the tinkering of the recipe. you've gained a new follower/reader. thanks.

  11. I am very excited to make these for an upcoming "Ready to Pop" Baby Shower. I am going to add white chocolate chips to my recipe to see how that is! Thank you for the original recipe!! :)