I made cake pops, with brownies!
Here is the essential recipe by Bakerella. I used brownies with cream cheese instead of cake with icing mixed in. The general steps are:
- Bake a double batch of your favourite brownies.
- Totally destroy the brownies by crumbling them with a fork. Very stress relieving.
- Gradually add cream cheese to the crumbs and mix. Add just enough to be able to form firm balls. You seem to only need 1/2 a brick of cream cheese per batch of brownies.
- Roll the mix into balls, place on a cookie sheet or tray, and refrigerate so the balls are firm.
- In the meantime, assemble lollipop sticks, and decorations.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
- Take the balls out of the fridge. Dip the tips of the lollipop sticks into the chocolate and put one in each ball. Let each harden for a minute.
- Dip each lollipop into the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to help cover the whole pop.
- Stand each lollipop in a block of styrofoam and let dry. Decorate with deliciousness!
- Keep the brownie pops cool or refridgerated; if they get too warm, they tend to become mushy. Though maybe I used too much cream cheese.
Baker beware: obtaining true round lollipops is difficult. By the time I was done, I marred about 30% of them. Yikes!
If you want to have a true round lollipop, see Gwen's Kitchen Creations: Cake Pops Tips and Tricks.
- She's right that balancing them in cups or cardboard doesn't work: several balls broke & fell off the sticks, or the chocolate oozed to one side, or they tipped into each other.
- Don't use too much chocolate or it will ooze down the handle.
- A Pyrex measuring cup in a saucepan of water worked great. Though I need to learn how to temper chocolate...
From the photos, you can see that this time I just gave up and left the lollipops flat on a cookiesheet. They have odd bell shapes, but at least they didn't drive me insane and were easy to display on a plate.
I used dark chocolate chips, and candy melts. The candy melts are holy cow too sweet for me, but I had trouble getting a thin shell.
For decorations I tried crushed M&Ms, gummies, chopped crystallized ginger, cinnamon sugar, other candy or sprinkles. I also made a small batch with chocolate-almond Pocky stick handles instead of lollipop sticks. Super!