Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

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


Description:

makes 36 bars


Ingredients:

Cookie base

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for drizzle

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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45 Responses
  1. Jeanie

    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?

  2. Andrea W

    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 ????

  3. Theresa

    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

  4. 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 😛

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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