Movie Night Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Movie Night Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Brown Butter Popcorn and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect treat for movie night.

These Movie Night Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are my ideal comfort food. They’re packed with popcorn, dark chocolate, brown butter, and a little bit of salt. Every now and then, I have those days when I feel like I’m running on empty and need to recharge. Sometimes it’s because I need some precious alone time, and other times it’s because we feel like life has taken everything out of us. Either way, it’s the small comforts that help me restore my mental wellbeing.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling a mixture of both. I found myself pining for yoga pants, wine, popcorn, and the quick-witted sarcasm of Gilmore Girls. So when I found myself in the kitchen baking these cookies on autopilot—as if I had made them a million times before—I was barely surprised. They’re brown butter popcorn and dark chocolate chip cookies, but Movie Night Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies sounds catchier.

I love how the brown butter’s warm, nutty flavor plays nicely against the popcorn and dark chocolate. And when they’re finished with a sprinkle of sea salt on top, each cookie has the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Don’t you feel better just reading about them? I made these cookies nice and big so I could get lost in every bite. For real, that’s my reason. I’ve already made three batches of these cookies for friends and for me and The Fiancé because these are the kinds of cookies I can’t help but share with people I love. It’s the little things in life, like the perfect cookie, that will brighten your day. Don’t take them for granted.

Baking and eating these Movie Night Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies reminded me to appreciate life’s simple pleasures, and I hope they help do the same for you. Grab a glass of wine, whip up a batch of these cookies, and recharge—you deserve it. I’d love to hear what some of your small comforts are in the comments below. Sharing is caring. 🙂

Yields 18-20 large cookies

Movie Night Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 hr, 15 Prep Time

30 minCook Time

2 hr, 45 Total Time

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  • 2 1/4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg, plus 1 Yolk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 10 ounces Dark Chocolate Chips or Morsels
  • 2 1/2 cups of Lightly Salted Popcorn, popped
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling


  1. In a small pot, brown the butter until it's golden brown with a nutty aroma. Stir constantly to avoid burning the butter. Set aside and let it cool/firm up.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat together the butter and the granulated and brown sugars until the mixture is light in texture, about 3 minutes.
  4. Beat in the whole egg and egg yolk, then the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until smooth and stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips and popcorn on low, distributing them evenly throughout the dough. The popcorn will start to break apart as it distributes.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 1-1.5 hours.
  7. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F.
  8. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. If you want normal sized cookies, drop rounded tablespoonfuls of the chilled dough onto the baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart. For larger cookies, use a standard ice cream scoop to form large cookie dough balls. Space them 1.5 to 2 inches apart and use the palm of your hand to slightly flatten then dough into large discs.
  9. Top each mound of dough with a generous pinch of sea salt before baking.
  10. Bake for 4-5 minutes and then rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for another 4-5 minutes. The edges will be golden brown and the cookies will look slightly under baked.
  11. Let the cookies cool for 3 minutes on the baking sheets (they will continue to bake as they cool), then transfer to wire racks to cool slightly before serving.


Adapted from Chocolate Chip Cookies by Williams Sonoma


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These Brown Butter Popcorn and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, also known as Movie Night Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, are the perfect treat for movie night.