Friday, May 27, 2011

Brownie Pops

When I made these brownie bars I had some brownie "spare parts" left after I cut out the bars. I immediately stored them in  a plastic container and threw them in the freezer with the idea of making brownie pops later on.

I have never made cake pops/balls, but figured that brownie pops might be even better:)   I now realize why cake pops are such a hit (Made famous by cake pop extraordinaire, Bakerella)!  They are realitively easy to make, and fun!  It's also simple to dress them up for any occassion with the coordinating sprinkles and ribbon.
I love the fudgy density of the brownies! SO good!  They were given the thumbs up by my brother and my husband:) And me too! I like the built in portion control  with the brownie pop. If you are craving some chocolate or a sweet treat, this is the perfect little indulgence for you! No chocolate overload for the little ones either:)

Brownie Pops

Supplies:
1 box of brownie mix (Prepare as directed. Cool completely)
8 oz. of prepared cream cheese frosting
14 oz. bag of candy melts (I used half chocolate, 1/2 vanilla)
lollipop sticks (about 4 dozen)
block of styrofoam (to hold drying pops)
sprinkles

Directions:
1.  Put prepared brownies in a large bowl, and break up into small crumbs with your hands(clean of course).
2.  Add the frosting and mix well, either with your hands, or a sturdy large spoon. If you need a bit more frosting to hold it together, go ahead, but not too much.
3.  Roll the mixture into balls (about 1 1/2 inches) and place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, or place in freezer for 15 minutes. You want them chilled, but not frozen. (I actually froze my unfrosted brownie balls in an airtight container and thawed them when I was ready to make them into pops, days later.)
4.  Place the candy melts in a small, deep ( big enough to hold all the melted candy, but deep enough to dip the pops) microwave-safe bowl and follow the directions on the bag for melting.
5.  Dip a lollipop stick about 1/2- inch into the candy melt and then insert it directly into the brownie ball, no more than halfway in(this helps the pop adhere to the stick).
6.  Holding it by the stick, dip the brownie ball into the melted coating until it's completely covered (use a spoon if need be), all the way to where the brownie meets the stick.
7.  If there's too much  coating on your pop, hold the brownie pop in one hand and use the other hand to gently tap the first wrist, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Try to make the coating even all the way around.
8.  If decorating, add sprinkles at this point.
9.  Stick the brownie pop into a block of styrofoam.
10. Repeat with each brownie pop and let them dry completely.

Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator for a few days. You may also cover the pops with treat bags, tied with ribbon, and leave them in the sryrofoam block on the counter.

I bagged mine up(each tied with a ribbon), put them in an airtight container, and stored them in the freezer for about a week.  I let them thaw at room temperature (in the container) and they remained as fresh and yummy as ever!

ENJOY!

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29 comments:

  1. You are very good with colors! Such a harmonious combination, I should try it :-)

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  2. I have never made a cake pop, for some reason mashed cake and frosting caused me to wonder...But I trust you, and I do love brownies. And they are so dang cute. Thanks once again for the inspiration!
    Have a great weekend. We get to see our 6 month old grandson, life is good!

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  3. Beautiful brownie pops and they look delicious too! The red polka dot ribbon looks so cute tied on the stick and so perfect for Memorial Day and the 4th! Love em!!!

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  4. You know, I have never made cake pops either...but since brownies are my weakness, I bet I'll be making these first. They're beautiful!

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  5. Such a good idea - you'd never know they were 'spare parts'!! So cute.

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  6. Aren't they the funnest thing ever! Everyone who has them just goes crazy over them and they are so easy. We have done them for a couple of weddings now too and they are a huge hit there. I haven't done the brownies yet, just oreos but I am definitely trying the brownie ones.

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  7. Hooray for the red, white and blue adorning a delicious brownie! So cute!

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  8. Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that?

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  9. They look so pretty -- delicicous too!!!

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  10. Those are just too cute :) Your's turned out so nice and smooth. Whenever I made cake pops they were all lumpy looking. I'll have to try chilling them like you suggested if I make them again.

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  11. We love making cake pops!! Everything tastes better on a stick!

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  12. I like the idea of brownie pops even better than cake pops! And so so cute!

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  13. Brownie pops! wow..I want to try too. They look so good!

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  14. These are patriotic and delicous! Love how you saved "spare parts" from brownies in freezer...so clever to make them into adorable pops!!:) Enjoy your weekend Sue:)

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  15. Perfetti Sue, una tentazione dietro l'altra eh!

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  16. What beautiful little treats. I love the built-in portion control!

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  18. Brownie pops are on my list to make too!! These look GREAT!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/summer-food-and-fun/ Hope you're having a fabulous holiday weekend!

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  19. Yum! I think I like brownies better than cake :)

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  20. They look wonderful Sue and just perfect for Memorial day! :D

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  21. You know I still haven't made my own cake pops...and brownie pops sound even better! Great work

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  22. just ate some today and they are AWEEEEESSSOMMMMEEEEE!!!!!!! Better than cake pops! Love it!

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  23. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I've been wanting to try out the cake version but was unsure of the process. I will now go forth in confidence thanks to Munchkin Munchies!
    Hugs!

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  24. Your brownie pops look so good, even better than cake pops. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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  25. Can brownie pops be made with butter cream frosting?

    Did you have any problems with freezing and then defrosting the decorated pops? I'd love to make them in advance (the birthday cake ones!).

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