Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

One of our boys’ favorite snacks is homemade popcorn. I am a fan of popping the corn in brown paper lunch bags. No oil needed, and it pops up fluffy and light. The bags are compostable as well, so I don’t feel bad. This cinnamon sugar popcorn recipe gives the flavor of kettle corn minus the heavy texture (kettle corn is way too sweet and salty for me). The boys snacked away happily, and now it is on their “rotation” of snack foods.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn


  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 new brown lunch bags


Add ¼ cup of the popcorn to each lunch bag, roll down the top a bit. Pop each bag in the microwave. I use our auto setting which is around 3 minutes. However, listen for the popping to slow down and pull out early if needed.

Shake popcorn into a large bowl. Rap the bowl on the counter to settle any unpopped kernels, transfer popcorn with hands to a large bowl, leaving kernels behind (discard those).

Melt butter in a small bowl, drizzle over the popcorn, toss quickly to coat popcorn. Sprinkle on sugar, cinnamon, and salt, toss to coat.

Serve immediately.