I grew up eating from three food groups: chocolate, popcorn, and Coke. Movie night around the Patrick homestead involved my own bowl of heavily salted popcorn, half a Mr. Goodbar, and a small bottle of Coca-Cola. My parents clearly hoped for a diabetic instead of a doctor or lawyer. As an adult, on my days off from cooking fancy, healthy food and acting like I know more than I do about branzino and leafy greens, dinners alone often consist of the three food groups from my youth. These Movie Night Cookies with a gummy Coke-bottle chaser are the closest thing I can get to that childhood memory without my mom standing over me yelling for me to pull my skirt down.
What You Need:
1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1⁄2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla paste
1⁄4 teaspoon butter flavoring (found in the extracts section of your grocery store)
1 cup buttered popcorn Jelly Belly jelly beans, plus extra just for eating while you bake these cookies
1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Gummy Coke bottles (optional)
What To Do:
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla paste and butter flavoring and beat until just combined. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just blended. Fold in the jelly beans.
Scoop 1 tablespoon dough and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball in the confectioners’ sugar until well covered. Place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are crackled. Let cool completely before serving, with a side of gummy Coke bottles, if you like.