Caramel Apple Popcorn Cookies

Caramel apple popcorn cookies are like nothing you’ve ever tasted, but with the very first bite of one, you’ll experience crunchy, sweet, salty, and chewy goodness. This snack will blow your mind!

Raise your hand if you love caramel apples!

When I do baking in the months of October and November, I almost always aim for the inclusion of apples since they’re so readily available for picking fresh here in Wisconsin.

It’s also a given that I love any cookie with great texture.  These salted caramel apple popcorn cookies fit perfectly into that category. It’s like a combination of caramel corn, salted popcorn, and caramel apples. It’s serious autumnal love!

Salted Caramel Apple Popcorn Cookies - They're a cross between a caramel apple and buttered popcorn. Get the recipe on

Are you prepared to head into salted caramel apple popcorn perfection with me?


Salted Caramel Apple Popcorn Cookies from @itsyummi - A salted popcorn based cookie that combines the flavors of caramel apples and caramel corn. A taste of autumn in every bite!

Oh, and if popcorn and caramel makes you happy, I bet you’ll love my popcorn peanut brittle recipe, too!

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Salted Caramel Apple Popcorn Cookies

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 8 min Yields 3

Yield: 30-36 cookies Adapted from: Balanced Food


  • 3 cups popped plain popcorn
  • 6 ounces (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons b][caramel syrup [/b]
  • 12 ounces Bob’s Low Carb baking mix (or all-purpose flour, unbleached)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dried apples, chopped into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for coating dough before baking


  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and chopped apples. Set aside.
  2. Place popcorn in food processor or high powered blender and process until as fine as possible. You will find that you don't get a fine powder, that's okay. Leave in the food processor--we'll come back to the popcorn.
  3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter until well creamed, about 30 seconds, then add granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Remove about 1/4 cup, and add to the food processor with the popcorn, and process for another 30 seconds. Set aside.
  4. Add the egg to the remaining butter/sugar mixture, beat until light and fluffy, and then add the caramel syrup. Next, add the popcorn/butter mixture and the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  5. Transfer cookie dough to an airtight container, and refrigerate for about an hour before baking.
  6. To bake, heat the oven to 350. Make nickel to quarter-sized balls of dough (depending on how big you like your cookies), toss in granulated sugar, and then bake for 7-9 minutes. Remove pan from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely, and then enjoy with a warm beverage.
  7. It's YUMMI!
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Salted Caramel Apple Popcorn Cookies from @itsyummi - they're sweet & salty perfection!

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  • Laura November 8, 2013 (2:25 pm)

    I am a popcorn addict, but I have never tried baking with it. After seeing this I have to try!

    • Becca Heflin November 8, 2013 (2:43 pm)

      I really hope that you do, Laura… you won’t regret it! 🙂

  • Vanessa November 5, 2013 (5:17 am)

    Your photography is superb and your cookies look delicious. I have never thought to put popcorn in a cookie. Another one to pop on my to do list!

    • Becca Heflin November 5, 2013 (5:51 am)

      Thank you for your incredibly sweet comment, Vanessa! I hope you make and enjoy them!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker November 3, 2013 (12:29 am)

    Great looking cookies! I can eat a boatload of these. Delicious!

    • Becca Heflin November 3, 2013 (5:39 am)

      Thanks, Anne! They were pretty irresistible 😉

  • Serena October 28, 2013 (2:10 pm)

    Gotta try these with the popcorn whole grains! Yum! Perfect for fall. So glad to find your blog!

  • Liz October 26, 2013 (10:57 am)

    Dried apples and caramel???? SOLD!

    • Becca Heflin October 26, 2013 (11:47 am)

      It’s a dreamy match, isn’t it, Liz?! 🙂

      • Becca Heflin October 28, 2013 (2:59 pm)

        Thank you so much for coming by, Serena!

  • Miranda October 22, 2013 (10:22 am)

    This is so clever! I will be sure to try these very soon. Thank you for a delicious recipe!

    • Becca Heflin October 22, 2013 (11:54 am)

      You’re very welcome, Miranda! I hope you bake some up and enjoy them 🙂

  • Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs October 18, 2013 (1:42 am)

    I love using kettle corn when making cookies, so I can’t wait to try making these cookies. I am sure they are going to be very popular with my daughters and their friends. Loved your photos too.

    • Becca Heflin October 22, 2013 (8:40 am)

      They really are worth trying, Felice! I hope that you all love them like I do! 🙂

  • Dina October 16, 2013 (9:00 pm)

    they look yummy!

  • Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories October 16, 2013 (8:50 pm)

    I love anything popcorn! These look sooooo good!

  • Libby with Lemony Thyme October 16, 2013 (6:39 pm)

    Okay these are fabulous Becca! You are such a huge inspiration. I love how you cook outside the proverbial recipe box and make your recipe soooo inviting. Ooogles of love for you.

    • Becca Heflin October 16, 2013 (9:40 pm)

      Thank you SO much, sweet Libby! However, it’s YOU who’s the inspiration for ME <3

      • Libby with Lemony Thyme January 19, 2014 (3:09 pm)

        Clearly I LOVE this recipe because here I am to comment again. Your pictures drew me in. xo

        • Becca Heflin January 19, 2014 (8:24 pm)

          Love is a very splendid thing, Libby 🙂 Thanks for coming back for seconds!

  • karentrina October 16, 2013 (5:14 pm)

    Look and sound amazing! Must try these.

    • Becca Heflin October 16, 2013 (9:39 pm)

      I hope you try them… AND enjoy them! 🙂

  • Kalamity Kelli October 16, 2013 (6:17 am)

    Interesting! Popcorn and cookies together………..I must try this!

    • Becca Heflin October 16, 2013 (6:20 am)

      I know it sounds strange, Kelli, but they’re SO good!

  • Stacy October 16, 2013 (2:32 am)

    I love the sweet and salty in this cookie, Becca. What delicious combination of ingredients! Pinning on my Recipes to Try board.

    • Becca Heflin October 16, 2013 (5:18 am)

      I hope you enjoy them, Stacy! They really filled my taste buds with LOVE 🙂

  • The Ninja Baker October 16, 2013 (1:20 am)

    You’re right these are serious celebrations of perfect for autumn flavors! Your cookies too look seriously delicious =)

  • Dionne Baldwin October 15, 2013 (10:46 pm)

    I’ve tried some neat things before but I’ve never put popcorn into a cookie! This is something I’ll need to try. I’m also an apple and a cookie lover so this definitely got my attention. I love these!

    • Becca Heflin October 16, 2013 (5:20 am)

      Thanks, Dionne! I’d love to know what you think after you’ve made them!

  • Holly October 15, 2013 (8:29 pm)

    I liked that first photo you shared on facebook earlier in the week (the darker one) but now that I see your other photos that have a different exposure I think your gorgeous cookie is better highlighted that way. Love the Play with your Food shot!!!

    • Becca Heflin October 15, 2013 (8:42 pm)

      I really liked the “moody” shot too, Holly, but you’re right… the bright exposure really makes them look even more delicious 🙂

      I HAD to play with my food 😉

  • Rebecka October 15, 2013 (4:08 pm)

    YUMMIE! I love the idea of popcorn in the cookies, that “savory/sweet” thing is my happy place! Thanks so much for joining us this month and sharing your awesome cookie recipe♥

  • Karen @BakingInATornado October 15, 2013 (4:05 pm)

    Leave it to you to put popcorn in my cookies. Can’t wait to try them.

    • Becca Heflin October 15, 2013 (4:08 pm)

      SERIOUSLY good cookies, Karen. Give ’em a try and let me know what you think!

  • Renee October 15, 2013 (2:59 pm)

    Very interesting! I haven’t seen popcorn in cookies before. Talk about the perfect snack while watching movies (and just about any other time too). Pinned.

    • Becca Heflin October 15, 2013 (4:07 pm)

      I agree on the movie snack idea, Renee! I’m already creating variations in my head of a movie theatre popcorn cookie. STAY TUNED!

  • Tara October 15, 2013 (11:35 am)

    I have never had popcorn in a cookie, what a great idea!! Love all your pictures too they are great!!

    • Becca Heflin October 15, 2013 (11:49 am)

      It was a first for me, Tara, but I think I’m smitten! Thanks for the love, m’love! 🙂

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