I’m generally not the popcorn maker in this household, but I thought I’d try a new recipe and add in a cookie-inspired twist. Thus, I made brown butter snickerdoodle popcorn, and it’s so wonderfully easy to make you won’t even believe it. And yes, the brown butter totally makes it. You can use regular butter instead of taking the time to brown it, but I really do think the rich nuttiness of the brown butter adds something extra. Andrew is my personal popcorn maker because he always makes PERFECT popcorn. My skills are not quite as developed, so I usually leave it up to him. Even when I made this snickerdoodle popcorn, I was pretty sure Andrew could have made it even better! Next time, I need him to start sharing his secrets for making the perfect popcorn.
- 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernles
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
To pop the popcorn, pour the vegetable oil (can substitute other types of oil) into the bottom of a large pot with a lid. Heat on medium heat. If you splash a tiny bit of water into the pot, it should sizzle to let you know it’s hot enough to begin popping. Add the kernels in one layer (if piled too high, it will not pop well) and replace the lid.
Let sit on medium heat for about a minute until you can hear the sizzling. Grab your pot holders, lift the pot a couple inches above the hot burner and shake. Shake until you hear the kernels pop and as soon as they begin to slow down, set the pot back on the burner and turn off the heat. When the popping stops, immediately pour the popped popcorn into a large bowl.
In a small bowl, toss together the cinnamon and sugar and stir to mix.
Then brown the butter. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or spatula for several minutes. It will bubble and foam before it begins to turn a reddish brown and gives off a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and drizzle over the popcorn. Shake the popcorn to distribute and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture, toss until evenly distributed.
Then start snacking! I would recommend tasting as you go to ensure the popcorn isn’t too sweet for you – I thought it was perfect, but Andrew thought it was on the sweeter side, so adjust your cinnamon/sugar combination as you wish. This also makes a pretty large batch, so you can half it fairly easily if you need to. Nonetheless, it was pretty easy to eat the entire batch! Pour the popcorn into a few treat bags or containers, and they also make great gifts!