Chilly autumn weather and outdoor sports often make us crave snacks like popcorn, cookies and hot chocolate. So why not combine the tasty treats? You can with this recipe for Popcorn Cookies.

They taste a lot like chocolate chip cookies, but the crushed popcorn gives them an added crunch. Real chocolate lovers can even dip the cookies in a steaming cup of hot chocolate since they hold up well to the dunking.

Chocolate chip cookies and popcorn have always been favorites among my family, and this recipe offers the best of both!

POPCORN COOKIES

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups popped popcorn, slightly crushed

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Then, gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture.

Stir in the popcorn, chocolate chips and pecans. Drop by tablespoonsful 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 13-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

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