Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn

So here’s a question for you: What’s a girl to do when she a) has a cooking blog, b) has a husband who insists upon not calling the oven repairman and fixing the oven himself, even though the oven has currently been inoperable for 20 days, and c) the heat index has been hovering between 107 and 115 degrees, plus humidity? My answer? Subsisting on microwave popcorn and Popsicles. I kid you not.

Sara and I have been working on a big project on the side here and a few months back, she called me wondering if I could send her my recipe for peanut butter cup popcorn. And I informed her that she must be mistaken and that it was her recipe. Apparently it was not her recipe (and not mine, unless I was sleep blogging again, because I don’t remember adding it to our list!) But the wheels in my head started turning and I started thinking, “We-ellll…if I were to make peanut butter cup popcorn, this is how I’d do it!” A little experimentation later and I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered the 8th deadly sin.

I feel like after all the feta recipes last month, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted something sweet. Since, due to my ovenlessness, baking is out of the question, and because I seem to have some summer-induced ADD and can’t seem to muster the concentration necessary to make ice cream, we have arrived at popcorn. Evil popcorn. Peanut butter- and chocolate-covered whole grain–a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

Part of what makes this recipe so dangerous is because it’s super, super quick and easy, you’re only a few minutes away from peanut buttery diet ruin. Part of what makes it so easy is using peanut butter chips from the baking aisle mixed with a little shortening or cooking oil to make it smooth and easy to coat the popcorn with. You’ll need about 1 1/2 packages of peanut butter chips. Save the rest for a batch of cookies down the road. Okay, who am I kidding? Those peanut butter chips will be hidden on a high shelf, far away from sticky jam hands and secretly snacked upon in moments of weakness. Not that I know from ANY firsthand experience.What else will you need? Popcorn (I used 2 bags of Orville’s simply salted popcorn; it doesn’t matter TOO much, but try to stay away from heavily buttered stuff), honey roasted peanuts, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Then you just heat the peanut butter chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl for a few minutes until it’s completely smooth.

Pour it over your popcorn and toss to coat the popcorn evenly.Then spread the popcorn on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Heat the chocolate in a Ziploc bag just until it’s melted and smooth (mash it around in your hands to see how smooth it is–it doesn’t need to be hot, just melted). Then you can cut a small corner in the hole of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn and allow it to set up. You can pop the pan in the fridge or freezer to hurry up the process if you need to.
Then break it up into small pieces and snack away! You could easily fill cellophane bags, plastic cups, or small buckets from the $1 section of Target for individual serving or gift-giving.


  1. Thanks Kate, BTW your green enchilada sauce is my favorite thing ever! I always freeze it so I can have it when ever needed.
    Love this blog!

  2. Maria, I'm so sorry for you at this difficult time. 🙂

    Lisa–Thanks for pointing that out! The peanuts should go in with the popcorn at the very beginning; I changed the instructions to reflect that.

  3. oh my word! that looks good, I think it was also here that I came across cinnamonbun popcorn I while back, it was a big hit at Christmas, now this! oh my I feel the need of a popcorn party coming on! LOL LOL LOL

  4. This sounds amazing. I can't wait to make it!! I bet you could even sub the peanut butter for caramel for another tasty delight!! Homemade cracker jacks there my friend!!

  5. At what point are you adding in the peanuts. I am guessing I can't go wrong, it looks simple and delish! but are you adding the peanuts before you pour the melted pb chips over?
    I can't wait to try this with my stir crazy popcorn, you'd never go back to microwave 😉

  6. this just made my morning so much more bearable! knowing this recipe exists will get me through today 🙂 thanks!

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