Friday, May 13, 2011

Brownie Bars


I was instantly inspired to make these brownie bars when I spied popsicle brownies on the blog, Lavender Clouds (Be sure and check out her great blog!). She had originally found the idea on Crazy Domestic, which I was happily introduced to (check out her popsicle brownies). They were so colorful and pretty, but I decided that I wanted to cover mine in chocolate and vanilla candy melts, which makes them look more like ice cream bars than popsicles:)
I made a triple batch of Ghiradelli's Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix, in a half sheet (16" x 12") pan. I lined the pan with parchment paper making sure it was long enough to hang over the edges, so that I could lift the whole pan of brownies out, once they had cooled.  Doing this made the brownies a lot easier to cut out with the cookie cutter(shown above,  is from Copper Gifts). I cut off each "handle' on the brownie and inserted a popsicle stick in its place.

I decided to decorate the bars with patriotic sprinkles and save them (in the freezer) for Memorial Day weekend, at least that's the plan;)  And don't forget about Flag day and the Fourth of July! Of course,  you can dress them up any way that you'd like!
The brownie bars are 3.5" x 2.5" so they are just the right size~not too big, not too little, just like ice cream bars:)  I cut out a dozen bars and set aside the brownie spare parts to save for brownie pops. Hooray, I'm ahead of the game:!

The brownie bars are very sturdy and easily "stay put" when held by the stick. So cute, and tasty too!

Brownie Bars
Ingredients:
•1 box brownie mix or your favorite homemade recipe (I tripled it for my version)
•7 oz. vanilla candy melts, and 7 oz. chocolate candy melts(about a half bag of each~Wilton's). I preferred  the chocolate melts.

•popsicle sticks
•sprinkles

Directions:

1. Make the brownies according to the directions (Remember to line the pan with extra parchment so that they can be lifted out) and let them cool completely.
2. Cut brownies with a cookie cutter (or without).

3. Push  popsicle sticks into the bottom end of the brownie. Lay brownies onto wax paper or parchment.
4. Melt candy melts in microwave safe bowl stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Add food coloring if desired.

5. Spoon melted candy melts on top of each brownie and spread over the top and sides (I didn't do the back side). It helped when I held the bar by the stick, to spread it over the top and sides. 
6. Sprinkle on the sprinkles(of course) and let the covering harden.

ENJOY!!!

Linked to:
Inspiration Friday
Foodie Friday
I'm Lovin' it Fridays
Weekend Wrap Up Party 
Sweet Tooth Friday 

44 comments:

  1. So cute! There's no way that these would last around here, frozen or otherwise :) What a wonderfully creative idea you had with these Sue.

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  2. These would be so cute on an ice cream-themed dessert table. Love them!

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  3. Whoa!...these look delicious!! Can't wait to try these! Do you remember where you found the cookie cutter?

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  4. Such a fun idea! Visiting your blog is always a treat!

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  5. These are so cute! There's no way they would last more than a day or two around here!

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  6. Those are so cute :) I think that my little guy would really enjoy them!

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  7. I'm pretty much in love with this whole idea! Love the brownie popsicles, love the stinkin cute cookie cutter, love the recipe! This might just have to make an appearance in my kitchen! ♥

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  8. Love 'em!!! Perfect for 4th of july too!! Still having trouble with blogger, last post still mia :(

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  9. Oh how perfect for a picnic! I wish I had a brownie about now...

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  10. How creative! I love this idea.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/12/peanut-butter-cup-caramel-bars/

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  11. Oh my heck! I seriously need to make these tomorrow! How totally cute! I love them covered in chocolate and sprinkles! You seriously are a dessert genius!

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  12. I was just over at Foodie Friday--I knew this had to be from your great blog. It was! These look amazing, I must give them a try. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Yum and cute! Love it! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!! Hope to see you around!
    Have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogpspot.com

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  14. So cute! I thought they were ice cream at first glance!

    I have to tell you that Joni and I were on the phone for a long time today and she mostly talked about your sugar cookie recipe. She has bragged about it and shared it with everyone. I think she is going to turn into a sugar cookie. I must try it, really that was all she could talk about. She is definitely addicted!

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  15. What gorgeous little brownies! They look absolutely wonderful.

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  16. Wow! Great idea! They look so yummy!

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  17. Such a great way to have popsicles without the melty mess! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

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  18. Those are so much fun. I love the ideas you share on your blog. I can see how much fun the brownies would be on a picnic or at a summer holiday party.

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  19. I know some young guys who would love these. I've bookmarked these for their summer visit. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  20. Mmm, those look so tasty! And my goodness, your little munchkins are adorable! I love the pictures in your sidebar--what beautiful kids!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  21. How fun, I love these. and I want that cutter, so cool!

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  22. You are always so clever! I think these are great! They look scrumptious :)

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  23. Why is it that everything looks so new, and yummy when it son a stick!!!
    I wonder if that would work with vegetables?

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  24. Love these!! They are so perfect for a summer treat to take to a Memorial Day or 4th of July bbq! I'm sure kids of all ages would enjoy these. I know I would. :)

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  25. Sue, every time I pop in, there's always so many posts I missed. My reader doesn't work, for one, so I just check whenever I put up a new post. Plus, most blog a ton more than I do, so I always miss some goodies, and wish I could leave a comment for every post I missed :) Case in point, the cheater churros below and of course, these amazing brownie bars! I'm not sure I want to scroll any further because I have a mad sweet craving and a bag of callebaut milk chocolate calets I need to use for baking..I ate a ton of them yesterday!

    In any event, the bronwie bars looks like chocolate covered ice cream bars, but what a surprise and treat when you bite into one! As usual, I'm awed and hungry!! I need to leave now!! LOL

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  26. These would be great for a family picnic over 4th of July I am hosting! Thanks! As always super cute!

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  27. Sue - These look delicious! I love the idea of cutting the brownies - super cute! Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  28. Genius!

    And... So much less sticky in summer-time than popcicles!

    Love (all) your creations!

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  29. This are so cute! The best part is that they don't melt :)

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  30. Love 'em! If I had that cookie cutter in my possession, I would make them for our year end party.

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  31. I know that we are almost neighbors. Can you send one my way? hehe

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  32. Sue you have the best ideas on your blog! These are just too cute for words! Brilliant! :D

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  33. Oh my goodness ... these look just so amazing!!! I LOVE brownies!!! These must be heaven ... would not even have to cut them anymore! ;-)

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  34. I just saw theses posted on Tatortots and Jello ... OMG they are so cute! I know my kids are going to flip when I bake these. I am hosting a linky party and think this is a great project. I hope you stop by and link up.
    -Jennie
    http://willowbeanstudio.blogspot.com/2011/05/toddler-tuesdays-3.html

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  35. What a fun project! I've never seen the red/white/blue sprinkles before, where did you buy them?

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  36. Your grandchildren must never want to leave yoru house! These look so good!I have to find those molds and make these w/the kids. LOVE them:)

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  37. These are absolutely adorable, though I don't know if I need brownies to be any more tempting than they already are plain ;p

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  38. That is such a super cool idea! I can totally see kids going crazy for them (and adults too).

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  39. Those are adorable! They would go great with my ice cream party set. Great... now I'm going to have to make some brownies.... you've got me craving them :)

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  40. Oh my gosh, I want one of these right NOW! Why can't you be my neighbor? ;) Love 'em!

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    1. That would be fun! I know I would always be able to borrow sugar from you:)

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