Friday, August 26, 2011

Sunflower Brownie Pops

If you know me, you know I love sunflowers. They're easy to grow and the return is amazing~bright,  happy, HUGE flowers! We usually plant them every summer.  This year we planted about two dozen of the mammoth flowers.
This is one of our beauties. I can see the sunflowers right out my kitchen window and just looking at them makes me happy.

I decided it would be fun to make sunflower brownie pops and started looking around the internet for ideas. I finally found one and it was made simply by attaching yellow m&m's to the brownie with chocolate. Why didn't I think of that? So simple, but so cute!

(I always link to the original idea, but I can't seem to find it.  If you know of a m&m sunflower cake pop, please let me know!)

I decided to fashion the brownie pop after a sunflower cookie that I made, and that's just what I did.  I'm pretty happy with the results. These pops make me smile:)

Sunflower Brownie Pops

Supplies:
1 box of brownie mix (Prepare as directed. Cool completely)
8 oz. of prepared cream cheese frosting
14 oz. bag of chocolate candy melts
lollipop sticks (2-3 dozen)
block of styrofoam (to hold drying pops)
chocolate sprinkles
yellow m&m candies~12 per pop
Lime green royal icing

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. Add chocolate sprinkles to the front side of the pop (while chocolate is still wet), which would be the "face" of the flower.
9. Quickly, but carefully, while chocolate is still wet, add the m&m's around the perimeter of the pop (look at top photo) to form the "petals". If the chocolate dries, slightly dip each  m&m into the melted chocolate and then onto the pop. Hold it in place until it adheres~about 15 seconds.
10. Stick the brownie pop into a block of styrofoam until completely dry.
11.. Repeat with each brownie pop and let them dry completely.
12. When dry and sturdy, add the green royal icing decorations with a #4 tip. Let dry completely.

Have fun!

Linked to:
These Chicks Cooked
Cast Party Wednesday
Inspiration Friday
I'm Lovin' it Fridays
Weekend Wrap Up Party
Sweets for a Saturday
Sharing Sundays
Sweet Indulgences Sunday

52 comments:

  1. Awe these pops make me smile as well. I really like the green royal icing it makes them pop!

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  2. wow Really admire your creativity in cookie-baking...amazing those sunflower brownie pops!

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  3. I love these! I just posted on Edible Crafts, a perfect last post before Hurricane Irene arrives this afternoon.

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  4. Those are perfectly done! Of course you'd have a green thumb, too. :)

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  5. Not only would those be delicious, they are just so cute!!

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  6. These are TOO CUTE! Great idea!!

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  7. These are so cute and your right about sunflowers making you smile. They have to be one of the happiest flowers, I love them too.

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  8. You have been "Cake Popping" (that is a made wording) your way to my heart.
    These just made my face all happy, despite the fact storm Irene is heading our way.
    All that comes to my mind is that you'll be baking a lot and then even more than a lot. With so many cute little hands around you'll be the #1 Grandma Baker. Congrats on the newest addition. What a happy year for you and the family, I hope everyone is healthy and doing well. ♥

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  9. very cute! I much prefer brownie pops over cake pops!

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  10. These are seriously too cute!!

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  11. These are very cute. I love brownie pops and I love sunflowers! Our one sunflower is struggling this year...it's trying to grow but not having much luck.

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  12. OMG they are brilliant Sue! You really do pops so well! :D

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  13. These are so fantastic and congrats on the add on tho the munchkin family...soooo cute

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  14. These sure are sunny happy sunflower pops! I love that bring yellow color that puts a smile on my face too. :) Lucky you got to look at them from your kitchen window.

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  15. Very cute. Made me smile 1st thing this morning. Love when that happens.

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  16. Good morning from Lebanon counties Amish community. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  17. These are adorable! Perfect for summer :)

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  18. I can always count on you for ADORABLE treat ideas -- love it! And congrats on your latest muchkin ^_^

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  19. I love ALL your sunflower treats! These are especially bright and creative! (I just wish I had the patience that cake/brownie pops require!)

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  20. You truly impress me!!! The little addition to your family is ADORABLE. Congrats.

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  21. This is so cheerful to eat!

    Congrats to your new addition!

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  22. ADORABLE...just the cutest things I've seen all day!

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  23. These make me smile too. What a perfect summer treat.

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  24. Those are the most beautiful sunflowers I've ever seen, because I can eat more than the seeds!;) I really hope you do pop in for a DB challenge sometime soon, you always rocked them!

    That said..a huge CONGRATS on your newest munchkin, Joshua Daniel! What a handsome, swet face he is!!

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  25. These are sooooo cute! Fantastic job!!!!

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  26. So so perfect! I would eat the m&ms of first then make my way to the center. :)

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  27. Ahh can you please be my mom?! These are beautiful!! :)

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  28. I reached your blog through Sugarbell and wow, I find precious pop sunflowers. Greetings from Madrid.

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  29. Love it! Thanks for sharing this super cute idea!

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  30. Sue!!! I am blown away!! Great job!

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  31. I bet that took a lot of patience and some quick working to get those M&Ms around the face of the pops. So cute. I just love all of the cake pops and brownie pops and everyone's creativity in making them so adorable. Sunflowers make me smile too! Enjoy. Do you eat them or leave them for the birds?

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  32. Those are the cutest things EVER! Please come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share your amazing creation with us!
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

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  33. What adorable little brownies. I love sunflowers too; they're the epitome of summer!

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  34. Hi Sue! I love these! Just want you to know I will be featuring these on Copycat Crafts :) Also, would love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience. FFC is similar to Craftgawker and Foodgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials. Looking forward to seeing it!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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  35. Your cookie creatins are always jaw-dropping but this time I just stare at the photo saying WOW :D It's amazing what you can create! Of course, the sunflower cookies are spectacular and beautiful and tasty!

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  36. These are beautiful! I'll bet your children loved them. These would be perfect to take to my kids' school parties. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/09/sweet-indulgences-sunday-20.html

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  37. These are the happiest little treats I've ever seen! I agree with you about sunflowers too...such happy flowers! I saw the photo at sweet as sugar cookies and just had to meet you! So glad I did!

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  38. These are so super cute!!!

    Also they are perfect for this week's Sharing Sundays theme YELLOW! We would love it if you would come by and link up this recipe and any other Yellow ingredient recipes (banana, pineapple, Lemon, Eggs, Squash etc.)

    We hope to see you there!
    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com/2011/09/everyday-sisters-sharing-sundays-11.html

    Ellen

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  39. These are so cute! Love the sunflowers. Found you on Sweets for a Saturday - glad I did!

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  40. Hi Sue! I featured these on Copycat Crafts today! http://www.copycatcrafts.com/sunflower-inspired-brownie-pops/

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  41. Thought you would like to know that I used this fantastic idea for my Sunflower event, and it is currently featured on the front page of Catch My Party! And guess what pic she chose out of all the party pics? The sunflower brownie pops!

    http://catchmyparty.com/party-of-the-day/1613

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  42. How many pops does the recipe make?

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  43. Brianne, With a 9x13-inch pan you can make about 3 dozen.

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  44. I really enjoyed making these for my mom's surprise 60th birthday party and retirement celebration....If only I could have gotten them all the way around :-) Thank you so much!

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  45. What is the recipe for the royal icing?

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    1. http://www.munchkinmunchies.com/2009/05/no-fail-sugar-cookies.html

      Anonymous, this is the link to the post which includes the royal icing recipe:) Thanks for visiting!

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