Strange But Good: Dessert Edition

‘Tis the season for tradition.

 

Hahahaha… who am I kidding?

My tradition is to eat dessert during this season of joy.  The traditional part ends there.  Today I have 2 non-traditional desserts to add to my dessert tradition: Lucky Popcorn Cake and Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies.

SBG Desserts

 

I urge you to try something new this holiday season.  Perhaps even something Strange But Good.  The world won’t end, I promise.

 

Exhibit 1:

This cake is an epic creation.  Other than it’s shape, i’s really not a cake at all.  My girl Heather sent me a giant bag of Lucky Charms marshmallows.  Just the marshmallows.

After I died of shock and joy, I begin thinking of the possibilities… most people would wait until St. Patrick’s Day, but couldn’t we all use a little luck on the day of the end of the world?  Or, if we’re all alive tomorrow, extra luck dealing with family over the holidays?

 

Think of a rice crispy treat, but with popcorn rather than crispies.  In this no-holds-barred dessert, I used buttered popcorn, a bag of Jet-Puffed marshmallows, the Lucky Charms marshmallows, and honey-roasted peanuts.

You can modify this easily to incorporate your favorite mix-ins (chocolate chips would be awesome).

Lucky Popcorn Cake

Lucky Popcorn Cake

  •  2 bags buttered popcorn
  • 2 C Lucky Charms marshmallows
  • 1/2 C honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 16 oz bag of marshmallows

 

Grease a large bundt pan.  Set aside.

Pop 2 bags of buttered microwave popcorn as directed on the package and dump into a LARGE bowl.  Pick out any unpopped kernels.

Mix in Lucky Charms marshmallows and peanuts.  

Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large saucepan.  When melted, add in a 16 oz bag of marshmallows.  Stir until melted and smooth.

Remove from heat. Let sit a minute so it’s not painfully hot when pouring over the popcorn mix.  

Place popcorn mixture into bundt pan and pour marshmallow butter mix even over the top.  Press the popcorn down into the pan to consolidate and make more “cake-like.”.

Cover with foil and let cake set for at least an hour to set and cool.  

To serve, loosen sides of cake from bundt by carefully running a knife around edges.  Flip pan over onto serving platter.

Store covered tightly for up to 1 day.  Best if eaten fresh.

 

 

Exhibit 2:

Is there anything better than the combination of chocolate and something salty?  The salt balances the sweetness for a little explosion of happiness in your mouth (get your mind outta the gutter!!!).

 

This may seem a little “out there,” but I promise you it works.  Did you even dip a potato chip in chocolate or a french fry in your Frosty?  It’s like that.  In cookie form.

Two words of advice: Don’t skimp on the chips.  Try not to eat half the batter.

Potato Chocolate Chip Cookie

Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 C (4 oz) butter, softened
  • 1/3 C (3 oz) brown sugar
  • 1/3 C (3 oz) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C (6 oz) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C crushed potato chips
  • 1 C (6 oz) mini chocolate chips

 

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 – 3 minutes).  

Add the egg, and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.  Beat in the flour mixture until just combined.

Fold in crushed potato chips and mini chocolate chips.

Scoop cookies onto a parchment -lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10  mins.

Makes 24 cookies.

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All you need to do to join this link up is create a concoction that is Strange But Good, post it with the Strange But Good logo, and link up to your recipe.  (See below for code.)  In the Strange But Good post each week, you’ll see a link to add your own recipe and picture at the bottom of the page.  I’d prefer you use a new strange but good dish, but if you realllly have a good previous one you can add it.

Not a blogger?  You can play too!  Send me an email with a picture of your food and a brief description by noon on Thursday and I’ll include it in Friday’s post (too late this week, obv… but next week it’s on!).

 

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I hope Santa likes #strangebutgood cookies…

Do you crave the salty-sweet combo?

What was your #strangebutgood this week?

Comments

  1. says

    Wow! I love sweet/salty combos…the first recipe sounds like a sugar coma waiting to happen (I would totally try it!) The second one I think would be delicious!

  2. says

    Yesss my Lucky Charm guess on Instagram was semi-right! These 2 desserts are SO strange yet sound SO good! Rice Krispie treats were a childhood favorite but I’m pretty sure popcorn instead of cereal would take it to a whole new level. As for the cookies- just the mention of “sweet & salty” has me convinced- love chocolate with sea salt, salty popcorn mixed with M&Ms’, cheese with jam and I’m pretty sure I’ll love potato chips in cookie form!

    • Laura says

      Popcorn and M&Ms is the best! I love how the chocolate get a little melty from the hot popcorn but the shell is still crunchy. Mmmmm…

  3. says

    holy cow i must try that marshmallow cake. The world is suppose to end today and this girl needs her lucky charms in order to survive!

    hehe..

    love you

  4. says

    I don’t really like the salty/sweet combo. I know I’m in the minority with that. Somethings I can do, like the potato chip cookies sound fine, but when proteins like meat are combined with fruit or a sweet sauce, I have no interest.

  5. says

    I was JUST talking about my stepmom’s potato chip cookies the other day! They are SO good. I tried to make them once, and they didn’t turn out quite as soft and chewy as hers, but maybe I should try again? [I'm going to go ahead and blame my oven.]

    I think I would die from the butter in that Lucky Charms concoction…BUT I don’t know if you remember how badly I love me some Lucky Charms. But, holy holy holy…

  6. Christy says

    Those cookies look great! My parents work at a chocolate company in Ohio that makes not only chocolate covered potato chips, but also potato chip bark-just crumbly chunks of potato chip with chocolate…SO good! I need to try these cookies!

  7. says

    K I will be brutally honest here…and by brutally honest I mean nicely say…popcorn cake? Heavens to Betsy I have never heard of such a thing…

  8. says

    I am addicted to your blog. I think it has something to do with your crazy food porn pictures and the colors you use for your fonts!!! Man, if I still ate sweets, I’d be ALL OVER THAT rainbow popcorn! OMGAAAUDD! LOL!

    • Laura says

      Ah! Best compliment ever. Thank YOU!!!

      I am actually looking forward to the holidays ending so I can get back to not eating sweets.

  9. says

    I loveee sweet + salty aka both of the above! I’d love a slice of popcorn cake and a potato chip cookie! Do you ship? :P I swear my hubby and I would eat both of those in entirety in one day, no worries about them going stale!

  10. says

    WOW is all I can say!!! :) Honestly, neither of these tempt me only because they are not my thing BUT I know many that would love them! I love the different recipes shared her – LOVE!!!! I do think I would try them if they were in front of me but 1 bite might do it for me! ;)

  11. says

    Um my fam and I all love chocolate covered potato chips so I will totally be making these cookies at Christmas. Can’t wait! And the lucky charms marshmallows remind me of breakfast as a kid. I always saved the marshmallows for the end. Had to have the best bite last. :)

    • Laura says

      Awesome! Let me know what you guys think of them.

      I used to get in trouble as a kid of only eating the marshmallows out of my cereal. Heather solved that problem for me. :)

  12. says

    I’ve actually heard of both these recipes, and can agree that there AMAZING!!

    p.s. i just got some TVP & I was wondering what your favorite recipe or two is w/ it??

    • Laura says

      I really love using it as oatmeal, but if you want something more savory try the chick-less nuggets. You alsu can use TVP any where you would use ground meat (like in chili). It will take on any flavor!

  13. says

    Popcorn-ball-cake? You are too strange. And you know that’s a good thing in my book ;) I bought my dad a potato-chip-chocolate-bar for his stocking…and only SORT OF because I want to try it but didn’t want to buy a whole one for myself ;) The best gift for Christmas is sharing, right?

  14. says

    OMG. Did she pick out the marshmallows for you, or is it possible to buy them?! THIS IS AMAZING I MUST FIND.

    You’ve reminded me that I’ve got Chuao’s Potato Chip chocolate bar to write up at some point.

    • Laura says

      Haha! No, she bought them like that. Can you imagine the patient that would take?!

      I need to get my hands on that chocolate bar…

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