Leftover Popcorn Cookies Popcorn, Popcorn, get ya popcorn…cookies?

Last week I hosted the Louisiana Screening Premier of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Susanne Duplantis Makeover My Leftover This is a documentary about a couple who survived 6 months on nothing but discarded food. It is an eye-opener on food waste. (If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.) I served small bags of popcorn that were the equivalent to 4 ears of corn, about 3 cups of popped corn. The popcorn was rescued from a local theatre. Imagine all the popcorn that is thrown away in all the theatres across the country. How many fields of corn is wasted? Perhaps I made my guests feel guilty because no one threw away any popcorn. Even the bags that were leftover were eagerly grabbed when I mentioned they could be used to make popcorn cookies.

Leftover Popcorn Cookies: This recipe is based on my “Bottom of the Bag Potato Chip Crumb Cookies”, remember them? It’s really simple, just be sure to pick out any loose kernels when adding in the popcorn. Don’t need any trips to the dentist!

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Leftover Popcorn Cookies
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Makes 2 dozen

Leftover Popcorn Cookies


  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup popped popcorn
  • 2 TBSP chocolate cocoa nibs or chips
  • 1 TBSP nuts, chopped cashews, pecans, walnuts or peanuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice butter into a mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar with wooden spoon.
  3. Add in vanilla and flour.
  4. Mix in popcorn, chocolate, and nuts, if using. Use rubber spatula to mix well.
  5. Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes.
  6. Let cool.


Finished cookies can be dipped in melted chocolate or drizzled with caramel. Recipe can easily be doubled.


Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: There are flavored popcorn shops “popping” up all over, so think about how different flavor popcorn would change the cookies. What other chips could be added? Toffee chips are one of my favs. How about mixing chips-peanut butter and chocolate? Like it saltier? Add in 1 TBSP crushed pretzels. Think about different chip and nut combinations like white chocolate and pecans or butterscotch and peanuts. Do you like to have popcorn and candy at the movies? Use M&M’s in place of the chips or your favorite candy bar, just freeze & break into pieces. Want to dress up the cookies? Dip the cookies into melted chocolate or drizzle with caramel.

FOOD FUN: When was the last time you had a movie night? Invite friends or family over for a movie night and have everyone bring their favorite movie snack. Set up a mini-concession stand with all the goodies.  Grab some vintage pop and put in an ice bucket. Throw some pillows on the floor, get comfy and enjoy. Movies are always better when shared, kind of like popcorn!

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  • April 21, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Love popcorn and never would have imagined it in cookies;however, after tasting the potato chip cookies I am sold. So delicious you cannot eat just one. The “Just it It” food waste video screening was awesome. Thanks to Makeover My Leftovers for sponsoring it.


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