Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

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Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Remember these bad boys? Raise your hand if you’ve made them yet…..yeah, told ya they were the best and closest recipe! Ever since I got that recipe down, there hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t daydreamed about them. Seriously.THAT.Good.

Well, the other day, I didn’t have a few hours to spare and I needed my cinnamon bun fix. I did have 20 minutes or so to make something and stuff my face, so I chose to get a little wild, pop some corn on the stove top and slather it in cinnamon butter…and then drizzle with icing.

I’m all about healthy options…

Cause butter, cinnamon and sugar is MUCH healthier on popcorn.

It did the job, filled my tummy and tasted sweet, buttery and delicious! A great snack for me and my little one. And, didjaknow stovetop popcorn is one of the EASIEST things to make in the world EVER? Seriously it is. Want me to show you? M’kay! Let’s do it!

The very first thing you need to do is get your cinnamon butter ready for that hot popcorn. Sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon into 1/4 cup melted butter.

Cinnamon to butter

Stir it all up and set aside.

Cinnamon Butter

For this icing, measure out two tablespoons of half & half and pour it over 1/2 cup powdered sugar. You may need more or less depending on how drizzly you want it.

Half & Half

You want this to be not too thick and not too thin. I’m so specific. Haha!

Icing

Now we can start on the popcorn. Pour some canola oil into the bottom of a large pot.

Oil

Sprinkle in some popcorn kernels. I used 1/2 cup because it was enough to cover the bottom of the pot in 1 even layer.

popcorn kernels

Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid {or some foil if your lid can’t be found.} Turn a burner on high and start moving the pot back and forthover the heat. After a few minutes, the kernels will start popping. Once that popping starts slowing way down, it’s done!

making popcorn

Pour the popcorn onto a sheet tray and get ready to live!

A close up of popcorn

Drizzle the cinnamon butter over top the hot popcorn as evenly as you can along with the icing.

Pouring cinnamon butter over popcorn

Stir to coat everything together and dig in!! Feel free to sprinkle a little extra cinnamon if you want to embrace the spice!

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

This girl could not keep her eyes off of this afternoon snack!!

Brooke looking at popcorn

We totally ate all of this in one day that’s how good it was.

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Enjoy, friends! Have a great weekend 🙂

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Cinnamon bun popcorn tastes sweet, buttery and delicious and as a sweet bonus, it's easy to make!

servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • a few dashes of salt
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or more if desired
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon half & half

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix butter and cinnamon together. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, mix powdered sugar with half & half until smooth. You may have to stir in a little more half & half to get it to drizzling consistency. Set aside.
  • Place oil and popcorn kernels into a large pot. Cover with tight fitting lid or foil. Place pot over high heat. Shake pot back and forth over hot burner to heat kernels evenly. Continue shaking the pot until the popcorn starts to pop.
  • After a minute or two, the popping will slow right down and you'll have a pot full of popcorn. Dump the hot popcorn onto a baking sheet and drizzle with cinnamon butter immediately. Stir to coat. Drizzle the icing over the top and toss to coat as well. Serve warm, or let it cool so the icing can harden up a bit.

Notes

It's important to keep the pot moving the entire time its over the heat--this ensures the kernels don't ever burn.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon popcorn
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  1. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

    I get cinnamon-bun cravings as well – what a great way to get my “fix” without all the trouble. I bet my kids would love this too!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    This looks so good! I am sitting on a popcorn recipe b/c I can’t seem to get my butt in gear and edit my pics. I love caramel corn, and cinnamon bun popcorn…oh wow, that sounds wonderful!

  3. Anna @ hiddenponies

    YUM. I only recently learned that I could make popcorn on the stove – probably a good thing for my skinny jeans I didn’t know sooner, but I LOVE that it works!!

  4. Kerri Esten

    I do the same thing with butter, garam masala (1 tsp.-ish), granulated sugar (1 tsp.-ish) and a dash of salt. Melt it all together on the stove before you pop your corn and then pour it on. This is great even when the popcorn is cold. It has a little candy coating from the sugar. YUMMM

  5. natalie (the sweets life)

    i laughed at the serving size bc sometimes i pop 1/2 cup for myself! prettttttty sure i could finish off a batch of this myself! 🙂

  6. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Cinnamon bun popcorn! This is so cool! I have never flavoured my popcorn with anything other than butter and salt, so I really need to step out of the box and try something new.

  7. Trader Joes Recipes

    That popcorn looks divine and I’m guessing it’s less calories than a Cinnabon so I’m definitely going to have to make it.

  8. Sarah G.

    I just got done making (and devouring) this popcorn. It was AMAZING and my children loved it as well. My daughter even said at one point, “Do you think we should save any for dad?” Then quickly followed it with “no way, this is to good to save any!” I didn’t have any half and half so I used vanilla coffee creamer. Oh, so good!

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    I have been making a similar mixture for years except mine has a bit of nutmeg in it. Anyone I serve it to the first time is a bit quizzical but they quickly go to fanatic. My favorite popcorn…probably because it’s also easy; I don’t even bother with icing and it’s yummalicious.

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  13. Emily

    Very good! The last few popcorn recipes I tried didn’t work out so well so I was so happy that this was great! I used milk instead of half&shalt and it was still really yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

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