Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

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I know you’re thinking it’s weird to put popcorn on top of a cookie bar.

 

Sometimes you have to trust me, which I know it totally a sketchy thing to do…trust some random lady on the internet who is trying to fill you full of calories and nonsense.

But stick with me just a second.

 

I know the internet can fill your brain up with ideas you really want to be true, but aren’t.   I mean, I want to live in a world where dogs dance salsa

Anyhow.

These bars are no eagle swooping down and snatching a baby.  They are the reallll deallll.

 

 

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars.
 photo IMG_7998_zps9d2af612.jpgThere are a few steps to these, yes, but it’s worth it..and trust me, nothing is complicated.

 

I decided to make these bars while I was taking part in a fun webinar a few weeks ago hosted by Land O’Lakes® and The Pioneer Woman. The talk of the day was about new food trends coming up in 2013, as well as the new Land O’Lakes® Butter in Half Sticks, which solves a world of problems for those of you who don’t use butter by the poundful :)

Anyhow, the webinar also included some fun panelists…girls I totally adore…Julie from The Little Kitchen, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and Brenda from A Farmgirls Dabbles.

The panelists, along with Ree, each introduced a food trend for 2013. And well, since Maria and I are long lost soul mates, she chose popcorn. She speaks to my soul.

I decided to jump on the popcorn bandwagon and spin it in a different direction. That’s how these bars came to life.

And since good things start with a chocolate chip cookie base, that’s where we’ll begin…
 photo IMG_7859_zpsd23a4b38.jpgWhip up some cookie dough and bake it for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile grab a bag of popcorn, or pop your own.

I opted for my new addiction, this Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn from a brand called Angie’s. I am literally obsessed with this stuff. Ob. Sessed.
 photo IMG_7862_zps32e22570.jpgNext up, melt some butter, peanut butter and corn syrup together and coat a few cups of popcorn. Set that aside.
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When the cookie is done, take it out and sprinkle it with mini marshmallows. Pop that back in the oven for just a few minutes until the marshmallows puff up.
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Then immediately spread the coated popcorn evenly all over the warm marshmallows, pressing them lightly to stick.
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I drizzled some melted chocolate all over that and let it cool completely. It actually took a few hours to cool down until I could cut it.

Then dive in. Mouth first.
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Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars
 
makes 36 bars
Ingredients
Cookie base
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Filling
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
Popcorn topping
  • 4 cups popped popcorn, or kettle corn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅔ cup corn syrup
  • 1¼ cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray
Cookie base
  1. Cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes
  2. Turn mixer to low and add in eggs and vanilla. Turn mixer back up to medium until evenly incorporated.
  3. Turn mixer back down to low and add in baking soda, salt and flour. Mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Press dough evenly into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden.
Popcorn Topping
  1. While cookie is baking, mix corn syrup, butter and peanut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir until smooth and mixture is heated through. Remove from heat and stir in popcorn, coating it completely and evenly. Set aside.
FIlling
  1. When cookie is done baking, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle marshmallows evenly on top. Place back in oven for 2-3 minutes until marshmallows are puffed, but not browned.
  2. Remove from oven and immediately spread the popcorn mixture on top of the marshmallows, pressing gently so the popcorn sticks into the marshmallows.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, or zip-top bag, melt your remaining chocolate chips and drizzle over top.
  4. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

 

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Audra | The Baker Chick
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March 10, 2013 4:45 pm

I mean- this looks insanely good. I think popcorn and cookie bars together make perfect sense!!

Debby Pucci
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March 10, 2013 4:50 pm

I must try these…..thank you so much!

Jo-Anna
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March 10, 2013 4:51 pm

Whoa these look beyond amazing! Popcorn, marshmallows and cookies?! Pure heaven.

Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas
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March 10, 2013 6:38 pm

These are insane. Absolutely insane. I love caramel corn and can only imagine how awesome it is with all the other layers.

Ala
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March 10, 2013 7:08 pm

This reminds me of the zebra popcorn samples from Costco–I may or may not have gone back (not quite incognito) 10 times for more. I will go out and purchase a bag of popcorn so I can make this! Thanks Dorothy!

Ala
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March 14, 2013 1:14 am

Oh gosh, I don’t even know what I was thinking! I must’ve had my Crazy for Crust tab open when I typed this :) sorry Shelly!

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio)
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March 10, 2013 7:35 pm

I honestly haven’t seen something THAT good in a long time! I can’t wait to try this.

Averie @ Averie Cooks
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March 10, 2013 7:53 pm

Wow there’s like 3 desserts rolled into one – cookie bars, marshmallow fluffy action, and the caramel corn + chocolate! Everyone’s happy with this one! :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
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March 10, 2013 9:14 pm

I’m totally with you on putting popcorn on top of bars. I’m all for popcorn everywhere!

Trustworthy Interpreting Services
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March 11, 2013 3:41 am

Their look is so tasty. Thanks for your recipe. I like to try this at next weekend. I think my husband be an interest for this food.

Cookbook Queen
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March 11, 2013 8:45 am

These look absolutely amazing. Caramel corn and marshmallow? WInning!!

Sue {munchkin munchies}
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March 11, 2013 10:58 am

Wow, these bars cover just about everything! Another winning combination, Shelly!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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March 11, 2013 11:19 am

Mmm mmm heaven!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
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March 11, 2013 11:23 am

I saw popcorn and I was like WHAT? We are popcorn fanatics in our house, so this totally rocks! I can not wait to try this recipe!!!

Kathy
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March 11, 2013 11:47 am

Cookies, marshmallows, popcorn and chocolate! What’s not to love?!

Maria
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March 11, 2013 12:01 pm

Wow oh wow!

Joanne
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March 11, 2013 12:17 pm

After tasting Smitten Kitchen’s popcorn cookies I am SO behind popcorn in baked goods! And I’m so excited for popcorn being a food trend in 2013. Bring.it.On.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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March 11, 2013 1:13 pm

I’m dying over these. That’s my favorite brand of kettle corn and caramel corn! Ever since they changed the packaging, I’ve been able to find them in more and more stores! And when some companies do the Christmas kettle corn, drizzled in peanut butter, I die.
So, yes, I want these. Very badly.
That is all. :)

Amanda
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March 11, 2013 2:54 pm

How insanely decadent are these bars??! NEED!! :)

Nicole
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Nicole
March 11, 2013 2:56 pm

These are getting made as soon as possible!

Katy @ KatysKitchen
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March 11, 2013 4:32 pm

I was definitely a bit skeptical when I started reading. But then I kept reading. And looking at the pictures. And imagining those oozy-gooey bars with the perfect amount of crunch on top. Yeah, I think I’ll trust you on this one 😛

Theresa
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Theresa
March 11, 2013 5:57 pm

When I first saw these I thought, “Wow they look delicious but no way do I have time to make something like that!” After reading your blog, I must say they look totally doable and even more sumptuous than I thought. Thanks for the recipe. They are on my “To Do” List

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
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How fun are these bars! Popcorn and cookies are like the 2 best snacks, so why not mix them!

Andrea W
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Andrea W
March 11, 2013 6:27 pm

These look absolutely delicious! I can feel the popcorn crunch in my mouth already. Around the holidays last year I discovered Kettle Corn Cookies at Trader Joe’s. I was smitten from the first bite. I will not admit to shamelessly eating every last crumb from the container ????

Colette @ JFF!
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March 11, 2013 7:16 pm

These would be a winner at my li’l one’s birthday!

Gloria @ Simply Gloria
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March 11, 2013 7:37 pm

Cookie, marshmallow AND popcorn…oh my! I’m so in love with this right now!

Jenny
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March 11, 2013 8:11 pm

This recipe looks SOOOO delicious! I can just imagine the different textures & flavors coming together perfectly!

LeighK
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LeighK
March 11, 2013 8:18 pm

Obsessed with kettle corn too!!! I may have to try these out

Suzanne
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Suzanne
March 11, 2013 8:55 pm

Wow! This sounds like such a delicious blend. I can taste it already.

ari
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March 11, 2013 9:49 pm

THESE LOOK FANTASTIC!

Isabel
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Isabel
March 12, 2013 12:00 am

That looks sooo decadent!!!

Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste
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March 12, 2013 9:25 am

Oh my word! The salty, the sweet, the crunchy, the chewy — this recipe has got it all!

Erica
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Erica
March 12, 2013 3:01 pm

I can always count on you to stick deliciously decadent deserts together in new and creative(ly insane) ways.

The Goodie Girl
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March 13, 2013 10:47 am

Wow! Yes to all three layers – they look meant to be together all on one bar! How did you come up with these? Can’t wait to try them myself!

Jen @ Jen
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March 13, 2013 2:11 pm

I’ve been dreaming of these ever since I saw that photo on Instagram. I’m glad popcorn is a new trend, because it’s been trending at my house for years now! This recipe is TOTALLY happening. The sooner the better!

bridget {bake at 350}
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March 14, 2013 9:02 pm

Oh, are you KIDDING me with these?!?!? Popcorn ON cookies? I’m in love.

Jeanie
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Jeanie
April 23, 2013 1:27 pm

First of all, these look ah-maze-ing! I wonder if I could skip the peanut butter process and just use the carmel corn that’s in my pantry. Do you think the bars would be dry?

Adam@ Internships London
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July 5, 2013 1:49 am

Thanks for recipe, I must try this in my home.

Megan
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Megan
August 19, 2013 10:10 pm

These look fantastic! And thanks for sharing that eagle video. It had my husband and I both laughing. And also a little horrified.

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Emma Yoder
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Emma Yoder
September 3, 2015 1:39 pm

I was wondering if these bars free well?

Emma Yoder
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Emma Yoder
September 3, 2015 1:40 pm

Sorry I mean freeze well…

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