Saturday, January 2, 2010

Brownie pops: cute, little disasters

A bit of a fiasco.

That's how I would sum up my first attempt of making brownie pops.

For christmas, my sister got me really sweet baking things... like 101 cookie cutters, a lime green whisk, pink spatulas, and brownie pop molds and sticks.

The molds and sticks look like this.


What are brownie pops you ask? Welllll to tell you the truth... I only found out about them a little while ago, too... like when I got brownie pop molds and sticks for christmas :)

But anyways, the only thing that matters is that they are cute little brownies dipped in chocolate on a stick. Like a popsicle... sort of.

So I decided to try and make them.  The baking part was easy.  It is just like baking regular brownies, but in baby molds.  After they're done baking and completely cooled, you're supposed to put the sticks in the brownies, making sure not to puncture the stick completely through the brownie.  Problem #1.  Also, they're supposed to turn out in cute, little circles...   problem #2.

After two of my brownies fell apart after sticking them, and one decided to go swimming in the melted chocolate, I was about to give up on this whole idea... but once I successfully got one "popped", dipped, and sprinkled, I decided they were pretty cute after all. 

Here are the three best pops after this whole little disaster:

Even though they look kind of like mushrooms more than circles, what matters is that they tasted amazing :)  The brownies are from a double-chocolate brownie recipe, but instead of using chocolate chips, I used chocolate-peanut butter swirled chips... yummm.

The chocolate-covered part was just chocolate (like chocolate chips) melted over hot water on the stove, and really you could decorate them any way you'd like.  Leftover christmas crushed candy cane? I think yes.

Overall it was a not so smooth experience, and although only a few pops turned out... they all tasted the same, which was delicious :)

Here is the brownie recipe I used to make my brownie pops.

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) or margerine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.
Beat butter with an electric mixer until creamy.
Add sugar, eggs (1 at a time), cocoa, and vanilla, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
Gradually mix in flour and stir in chips.
Bake for about 30 minutes (25 minutes in brownie pop molds).

*This recipe makes about 16 brownie pops.

After brownies are completely cooled, place sticks in pops, making sure not to puncture the brownies completely.  Next, melt chocolate over hot/boiling water until chocolate is smooth, and dip pops.  Decorate with sprinkles (or however you'd like, really), and stick pops in styrofoam to dry (or let dry on parchment paper).

1 comment:

  1. if you cook the brownies in mini muffin tins it makes it a lot easier to put them together :)

    -Mary Beth