These might as well be called “Movie Cookies” because that’s precisely what they remind me of. I was searching for an interesting cookie to bring to a birthday party and was instantly inspired by Sift and Whisk’s adaptation Joy the Baker’s adaptation of a Smitten Kitchen recipe. Confused yet?
Ever since I first gleefully purchased The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, I’ve been looking for an excuse to make her Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies. Turns out I’m not the only one. When I stumbled upon Sift and Whisk’s malted milk ball adaptation, my choice was clear. For those of you who haven’t spent hours pouring over Smitten Kitchen’s long-awaited cookbook, these crunchy, tasty treats have copious amounts of buttered popcorn and malted milk ball bites sprinkled inside. They are salty. They are sweet. They are highly addictive. And they are here.
Malted Milk Ball + Buttered Popcorn Cookies
(yields ~2 dozen cookies)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp melted butter
4 cups popped white popcorn (plain!)
1 cup chopped malted milk balls
As far as baking goes, these cookies are a breeze. First, preheat your oven to 350˚. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, Cream both sugars and softened butter with a hand mixer for two minutes, or until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla extract, then add in the flour mixture in three parts.
Pour melted butter over the popcorn and stir into batter. Stir in chopped malted milk pieces and distribute as evenly as you can.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of batter, placed 1-inch apart. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt, place in the oven, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookie start to brown. (Note: You can do two baking sheets at once to save time. Start with one on each rack, then swap halfway through your baking time to make sure they cook evenly!)
When you take the cookies out, let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nom. Like going to the movies, in cookie form!