Tuesday, July 16

Double Chocolate Kettle Corn Cookies



Did I tell you all my husband started a new job?

This was big news in our world. He worked for his last employer for 6 years, and I was even a former employee there. We loved the company for many years and felt a part of an extended family of sorts. That was however until the Owner retired and his crunchy granola, eccentric, trust fund baby, daughter took over. (I'm sure you can I'm not a fan...) Things have been going down hill for a while and my husband had been really unhappy for the past year. Slowly all of our friends have left the company, and now it was his time. I was so proud of him for quitting. Changing jobs is never easy. AND... major risk involved where we have not even gotten our first mortgage payment in the mail.


 In the end we both know sometimes you don't get ahead if you don't make the leap. The company he moved to is minutes down the road from our new house. They are the largest of their kind in the state..... and they make some big money! Though the money and location are great there is a price to pay. Steve's first day without any training was 14 hours. They just threw him in to the dogs. He did great and loved it. That trend has continued. He just worked 8 straight days.... all 12-15 hours each. As a reward his new boss gave him two days off in a row. This is a treat in his business. You typically get one day off a week. 



My hard working husband has been home for a couple of days, but goes back to work tomorrow. Yesterday we took a drive up to Clough State Park, and enjoyed playing in the water with the kids. We came home, grilled some ridiculous sirloin burgers on some brioche buns that made my heart and tummy so happy. I then baked some cookies with the boys while Madelyn slept. I'm a Joy the Baker mega fan as you all know but the boys wanted to pick the recipe out. So I google Joy the Baker Cookies to see what pops up. The first I clicked was one she did last spring to promote Smitten Kitchen's new book..... they are chocolate chip cookies with POPCORN in them. My boys just discovered the joys of microwave popcorn so they went nuts for this recipe.


"THAT ONE!" "Please, please please Mama can we make THOSE!?!" So we did. With some adaptions of course. The recipe yielded about 2 dozen cookies. They were all gone by bedtime. That tells you they were great!


What a genius idea adding popcorn into cookies. Deb and Joy used a traditional buttery popcorn. I used some microwaved kettle corn. I also used Hershey Baking Melts. They are large chocolate disks that are so perfect for any chocolate lover's cookie, I also added in some chopped white chocolate because the kids said so. The cookies are the perfect chewy cookie. Exactly the kind I adore. I baked all of the cookies according to directions. Then baked the last few for an extra 3 minutes so I could get some super crispy cookies out of it for myself. I do love a chewy cookie, but crispy is where it's at. You can dunk a crispy cookie in milk...... need I say more?






Double Chocolate Kettle Corn Cookies
Recipe inspired by Joy the Baker's Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies which was slightly adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Ingredients: 

1 cup popped microwave kettle corn
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose King Arthur Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Hershey Semi-Sweet Baking Melts
1/4 cup white coarsely chopped white chocolate

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer using the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Mix in  the egg and vanilla extract just until combined. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in flour, baking soda and salt. Once the dough is smooth, fold in your popcorn, and both kinds of chocolate.

On lined baking sheets, place 1 inch cookie mounds 2 inches apart. I use my 1tbs cookie scoop for this.

Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Recipe yields about 2 dozen cookies. 



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28 comments:

  1. Oh my! These are incredible Carrie:) I don't think I would want these in my house though because I wouldn't be able to stop at one. Good luck to your hubbie at his new job. It sounds like a lot of work but at least he is enjoying it and gets a little time with you all.

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    1. It's been a long couple of weeks, but he is so happy and loves his new job! Worth it!

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    1. Every time I use my microwave and eat popcorn (which is now nightly) I think of you!

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  3. I bet kettle corn is magic in cookies. These sound incredible!

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    1. It definitely adds something special!

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  4. Oh wow, I have a Kettle Corn kid in my house and a Hershey's nut, he would go crazy for these!!

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  5. These sound amazing! Love the combo! :)

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  6. Love the idea of this recipe and those cookies look amazing! Congrats on your hubby's new job! Sounds like some amazing changes in your life! Scary but a good scary :)

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  7. Wow, your husband works crazy long hours! Poor guy...and poor you not being able to spend more time together! I'm glad he took himself out of a situation he was unhappy with, which takes a lot of courage because so many people are afraid of change. I'm also glad to hear he has a new job that he's happy with. And yay for these cookies - what an amazing idea to use popcorn! They look fantastic

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    1. Yeah it's a lot of hours. Luckily his office is so close, we can pop in and visit... bring him coffee and such. He loves his job and it makes him happy so I'm happy with that ;)

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  8. Popcorn in cookies? Genius. Kettle corn in cookies? New genius level: Mad Scientist! I absolutely love this idea, Carrie. Congrats on transitioning jobs. That's always a huge step, but it sounds like it was worth the risk. :)

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    1. Thanks Mads! It will take some getting used to but he's happy so I'm happy!

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  9. Okay the cookies look good, but check you out in a bathing suit! I hope I'll still have a body like that after I have kids!

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    1. Thank you! I've been working really hard the last year to get back in shape.

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  10. Kettle corn in chocolate chip cookies?? I'm so into that. YUM!

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  11. Never would've thought about popcorn in a cook. I must try this!!

    Congrats to hubs on the new job. Making a leap of faith with my employment years ago was the best move I ever made :)

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  12. Oh honey, those are LOOOOONG parenting days for you. I know your husband's job is tough...bet yours is tougher! Love the cookies :)

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    1. I'm really used to it. His old job had the same 12-15 hour days. Only difference was he got Sundays off every week. These hours won't last forever. Come November business dies. I'll be seeing a lot more of him them!

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  13. Congrats to your husband for being brave, it isn't easy! These cookies look incredible :) such an awesome recipe!

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  14. What a cute story Carrie! And those cookies sound amazing.

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