Caramel Popcorn Cookies

by Kate on November 14, 2013

Caramel Popcorn Cookies -

This month both Maddy, Molly & Murphy celebrate birthdays! This weekend we had a big party with a circus theme. A living room transformed into a big top complete with a clown. There was face painting …

Maddy the Tiger

Clowning around with a little magic.

Clowning Around With A Little Magic

Even cotton candy which the little kids as well as my big kid HB, all thoroughly enjoyed!

HB Cotton Candy Love-2

Of course, there were quite a few other fun food options too!

Dessert Table

How awesome are these Trix Krispies?? Why have I not thought to make rice krispie treats with other cereals? Thank goodness my friend Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic did. She always has the best food ideas. These were crazy good!

Trix Krispie Treats

We had a scoopable candy bar on our dessert table that was great for snacking during the party. Colorful little popcorn bags made the candy bar into a great favor for guests to take home. Bowls full of colorful Sixlets and gummy bears and rock candy lollipops made for quite the sugar rush.


Of course there was cake and I’m so upset with myself for not take a picture of this cake after it was sliced. Know what was inside?? POLKA DOTS!! Yep! Polka dots. It was so cool and sadly, I only have a frilly before picture for you.

Birthday Cake

And what’s a circus without popcorn? This mix was Browned Butter Snickerdoodle Popcorn from I Heart Eating and it was ah-mazing! I absolutely love cinnamon and if you’re adore it like I do, you need to give this a try.

Browned Butter Snickerdoodle Popcorn -

But what about popcorn in another way? How about popcorn in COOKIES?!? What?? Yep, Caramel Popcorn Cookies. Genius, right? Ok, maybe you’re thinking this is a little strange but stay with me here and trust me. They’re good!

Caramel Popcorn Cookies -

These cookies are perfect for holidays, birthday parties or just because it’s Tuesday. They’re actually oat cookies but taken up a few notches with the addition of coconut and caramel corn. The end result is an addictive cookie that will have you reaching back into the cookie jar again and again.



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Caramel Popcorn Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen

Caramel Popcorn Cookies

Oat cookies with a twist by adding flakes of sweet coconut and crunchy caramel corn. A uniquely addictive cookie perfect for the holidays or any day!


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup caramel corn, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and shortening with a mixer on medium high speed until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add 1/3 cup caramel corn and the egg. Mix until well combined using a wooden spoon. Stir in the almond extract, flour, baking powder, baking soda. Add the remaining caramel corn, oats and coconut then stir once more.
  4. Drop 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Baking in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden. Removed from oven and cook on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Adapted from Food Network Magazine | September 2013

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

ChristineM November 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

everything looks so delicious and yummy Kate! Happy Birthday too!


Barb | Creative Culinary November 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

I love caramel popcorn; these cookies sound fantastic Kate…and congrats to all, even Murphy!


Jennifer | Bake or Break November 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

I’ve been thinking about baking cookies like this. They look delicious!


Anna (Hidden Ponies) November 17, 2013 at 1:45 am

What a birthday-filled month! I love big family parties and this looks so fun, thanks for sharing! The cookies sound amazing.


KayleneP @ The Links Site November 18, 2013 at 3:12 am

The combination of oats, coconut and caramel popcorn sound great, can’t wait to try it!


Kate November 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Thanks so much Kaylene! They really were a unique little cookie. I think next time I may even add mini chocolate chips. So many possibilities!


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