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Happy 4th of July! If you’re looking for something last-minute that has a huge wow factor, this recipe’s for you!
Cake pops (in this case, brownie pops!) do take some time and there’s a bit of technique involved with dipping them in the chocolate, but, overall, these are a lot easier than you think. Not only are we using an easy-peasy brownie recipe, but because all of these are hand-dipped, you don’t have to worry about uniformity, meaning there’s no stress if they don’t all look the same. After all, that’s part of their charm!
What You Need
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (2 bars)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
White Chocolate Coating
- 4-5 cups white chocolate, melted
- 1 cup blue chocolate (pre-colored)
- 1 cup red chocolate (pre-colored)
How You Do It
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter a 9×13 inch or 8×8 inch pan.
- In a medium pot, melt butter on medium-low
- Add water and sugar to butter. Stirring occasionally, cook until mixture starts to bubble.
- Turn stove to low and add chocolate and vanilla. Stirring frequently, cook until chocolate melts. When mixture is similar in consistency to frosting, remove from stove and let cool. Note: cooling time is important. Otherwise, the eggs will begin to cook if added immediately.
- When cooled, add in the eggs and stir. At this point, the consistency will be similar to pudding.
- Going 1/3 a cup at a time, add in the flour and baking soda.
- Spread evenly over the pan and bake. If you used a 9×13 pan, cook time will be 10-12 minutes; if 8×8, it’ll be 25-30.
- Combine butter and vanilla.
- Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar. If the mixture is dry and clumpy, that’s okay!
- Mix in 2 tablespoons and milk. At this point, the frosting will he on the thinner side, but still hold its shape.
- Add in the remaining sugar. Frosting will be thick.
- Add in the rest of the milk. Depending on your desired consistency, add in either 1/2 or 1 tablespoon.
Cake Pop Balls
- Using a fork, crumble the brownies. Break down as many as large chunks as possible, and pour into a large bowl.
- Add in 3 dollops of frosting (there might be leftovers) and mix with a spoon. Roll some between your hands. The mixture should be moist, but not overly wet. If too dry, add in more frosting.
- Begin to shape into balls. Roll into desired size, placing on a plate. When finished, cover, and stick in fridge until ready to assemble.
- When ready to assemble, melt chocolate in separate bowls. If you’re using a microwave, melt for 15-20 seconds at a time, stirring between each.
- To add sticks to brownie balls, dip into white chocolate, scraping edges.
- Slowly push stick into the brownie balls. This will act as a glue, keeping the stick firmly in place.
- Combine colors. Using either piping bags or plastic baggies, but the red chocolate in one bag and the blue in another.
- Alternating between colors, drizzle over white chocolate.
- Swirling as you go, dip the cake pop into the chocolate. Continue to swirl as you pull up.
- If you don’t have full coverage on the first dip, use a knife to spoon out a small amount of chocolate and spread over and part that isn’t covered in chocolate.
- Stick in freezer until hardened, then move to fridge. When ready to eat, remove from fridge, wait five minutes, and enjoy!
Aren’t they gorgeous? I love how no two are alike.
Some even remind me of planets.
They’re absolutely perfect for lounging poolside.
So what are you waiting for? Give these a go, and let me know how it goes! Until next time,