Let’s take a trip down memory lane to a snack that’s part of my core childhood memories… cinnamon and sugar toast. Did your parents make this for you when you were a kid? If not, you’ve missed out on something truly special. My mom made the typical recipe but elevated it by making it in the oven. She slathered margarine on a slice of bread and then added a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. She would toast it in the oven – and bam! A snack that I still think about, even in my 30s.
I’ve got something exciting to share: my own twist on that classic – Brown Butter Cinnamon and Sugar Popcorn. Same core ingredients, but with a whole new personality. Here’s the ingredients you’ll need to level up your snacking.
Gather Your Ingredients
- Freshly popped popcorn (I’m all about that microwavable air popper life)
- Butter (that’s gets thrown into a skillet and browned to perfection)
- Ground cinnamon, for that warm, cozy vibe
- Powdered sugar, for sweetness minus the grit
- A pinch of salt, to keep the sweet factor in check
At a high level, here’s how this recipe comes together. I brown the butter on the stove. It’s a quick 4-minute dance that turns butter into liquid gold (and trust me, those browned milk solids are the ticket to all the flavor). While the butter is browning on the stove, the popcorn is popping in the microwave. If you’ve got a stovetop popper, that’s cool, but the silicone microwave air popper Is hands down the best option for perfect popcorn every time.
Once your popcorn is ready, it’s time to move quickly. In a big bowl, toss the popped corn with your browned butter, a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, and lots of powdered sugar(thanks to cornstarch, it all melts together), a small pinch of salt at the end keeps the sweetness from being overwhelming.
This snack that’s going to win hearts, even for your most basic popcorn lover. To add to the nostalgia, I like to serve it up in big popcorn buckets.
My recipe has my exact measurements and method, don’t be shy to play around. Extra cinnamon? Sure thing. Less sugar? Go for it. If you like regular melted butter, just use that and skip the browning process. This is your snack to enjoy, have fun with it!
Gather your ingredients, get to popping, and dive into this grown-up version of a beloved classic. Whether it’s movie night, a get-together with pals, or just a solo treat-yourself moment, this Brown Butter Cinnamon and Sugar Popcorn is going to change your life.
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Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
– 100 g (3/4 cup) white or yellow popcorn kernels
– 1 stick of butter
– 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
– 2/3 cup powdered sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Start by popping the popcorn kernels using your preferred method, whether it’s a stovetop popper or a microwavable air popper. Set the popped popcorn aside in a large mixing bowl.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the stick of butter. Allow it to bubble and sizzle, stirring occasionally, until it turns a beautiful golden brown. This usually takes around 4 minutes, and you’ll see those lovely browned milk solids forming.
- Once the butter is browned, remove it from heat and pour it over the popped popcorn in the bowl.
- Sprinkle the ground cinnamon all over the popcorn. Give it a gentle toss to ensure the cinnamon is evenly distributed.
- Next, sift the powdered sugar over the popcorn. This will help prevent any clumps and ensure a smooth coating. Gently toss.
- Add the kosher salt for a balanced flavor that prevents the sweetness from overwhelming the taste.
- Toss the popcorn one last time until every piece is coated.
- Serve it immediately or store it in an airtight container.