To celebrate summer we’ve been sharing movies that inspire us with their style and creativity. We gave the top five travel films that make us want to hop on a plane and be whisked away in classic Hollywood style. Then, there was the rundown of fun-in-the-sun movies that remind us why we love this season. Most recently, we delved into the creative feats of path-breaking summer blockbusters like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future (names like Lucas and Spielberg came up a lot on that list).
We have a few more inspiring selects to send your way while the summer heat still lingers. Before we get there, though, we want to share a movie-night inspired treat that you can enjoy no matter what’s on the screen. For your movie-watching pleasure, we have combined two of life’s greatest treats—popcorn and chocolate chip cookies—to give you Movie Theater Cookies.
To add another movie-going dimension to these cookies, we replaced the chocolate chips with Sno-Caps (small chocolate nonpareils). If you want to make them extra fun, use M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces, and you’ll pack all the joy of a trip to the snack bar into this cookie!
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 (3.1 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate nonpareils, such as Sno-Caps
- 4 cups lightly buttered and salted popped popcorn
- Preheat the oven to 350˚. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Fold in popcorn.
- Using a one-inch, spring-loaded cookie scoop, drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten cookies slightly with the bottom of a juice glass.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days, but are best when eaten the day they’re made.