Desserts

Brownie Pops

brownie pops

Brownie pops are perfect for a wedding, large family gather or a child’s birthday party. Your guests can enjoy a bite of a great dessert to satisfy the sweet tooth without having to feel guilty about eating a gigantic dessert – or worse yet wasting it when they don’t eat it all. I’m not a parent but I’ve got 19 nieces and nephews so I’ve seen first-hand how often a kid will want a bite of something….and that’s it. Brownie pops are fun to eat and the small portions mean that food will most likely not go to waste and you can serve a greater variety of flavors so guests can sample them all.

Brownie Pops

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 20 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup and 1/4 cup butter, divided
2 ounces and 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
16 ounces almond bark (vanilla or chocolate-flavored)
40 lollipop sticks
nonpareils, jimmies and candies for decoration

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350° F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter and 2 ounces of baking chocolate. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, flour and salt. Pour in the almond bark mixture, and add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 22 minutes, or until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool pan completely, preferably on a wire rack.

Melt the remaining butter and baking chocolate in another saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until melted, and set aside.

Crumble the cooled brownies into a large bowl. Add the chocolate-butter mixture and confectioners' sugar and mix well.

Shape 1-inch balls with the crumbled brownie mixture. Place them on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours, but you may also refrigerate overnight).

Melt the almond bark according to package directions and keep warm. Remove one-third of the brownie balls from the refrigerator and insert the lollipop sticks. Dip the brownie balls into the melted almond bark coating. Swirl or tap off any excess. Press the coated brownie balls into your preferred decorations. I recommend using ramekins to hold each of the different decorations. At this point, you could also enlist the help of your birthday boy or girl to help with the decorating [yes, it's that easy].

Place the coated brownie pops onto parchment paper and let stand until the coating is set. Repeat with the remaining brownie pops until done. You can make these brownie pops up to one day before your event, but refrigerate any items in an airtight container.

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